Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. Celebrates 90 Years of Customer-Driven Quality

Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.’s first permanent facility in Newark, NJ.Since 1926, Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. has been manufacturing specialty plumbing and drainage products for the non-residential construction industry. 2016 marks Smith’s 90th year in business.

Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. was founded in 1926 by Mr. Jay L. Smith. Smith saw a growing need for brass and bronze specialty products. He founded the company the basement of his home in Manhattan and contracted to have the products manufactured by foundries. The company established its first permanent facility in 1933 in Newark, NJ. Jay L. Smith died in 1942 and management shifted to Jay L. Smith’s son, Jay R. Smith.

Jay R. Smith led the company during a period of tremendous growth, which included Smith beginning to manufacture products, additional employees, and moves to facilities in Union, NJ and Piscataway, NJ. In 1962, the third generation of the Smith family, Jay L. Smith II, joined the company.

Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. facilities in Union, NJ, and Piscataway, NJ.

Smith Generations

In 1979 the company moved to its present day location in Montgomery, AL. Jay R. Smith retired and Jay L. Smith II was President of the company.  The company continued to develop innovative new products to expand its product lines and saw continued growth.

In 2010, Morris Group International and Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. announced a new business alliance and Smith became a jointly owned company. Don Morris, President and CEO of Morris Group International, became the CEO of Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. Jay L. Smith’s daughter Holly became President of Smith Family Holdings and is the fourth generation of Smith family leadership.

As we celebrate our 90th year in business, Smith continues to offer its core product line and innovate with new products that offer solutions to some of plumbing’s toughest challenges.

Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. extends our thanks to our customers, representatives and employees. Your loyalty and commitment has been a cornerstone of our success.