psia-antique Posted November 12, 2010 Report Share Posted November 12, 2010 Originally, when you shook a spray paint can, it had a metal ball as an agitator. The metal ball agitator was heavy and it rusted inside the can decreasing shelf life. Jack Bogard owned a marble company called the Bogard Co. He realized that the metal agitators were heavy and rusted. He also knew marbles would work as an agitator. He knew that marbles were lighter than metal so it cost less to ship to the paint factories and it cost the paint factories less to ship the paint to the retailers. He also knew that glass marble agitators wouldn’t rust so the shelf life of the paint cans would be significantly longer. Jack started calling on the paint companies. Soon, they were buying his marbles as agitators. He had created a new market, a new use for glass marbles. Over the life of Bogard Co., Jack probably made and sold more glass marble agitators than all of the other American marble makers combined (except for JABO.) Jack eventually sold off the assets of Bogard Co. and became a partner of Joanne Argabrite. They formed JABO. A couple of years later, they brought David McCullough in as a partner. JABO has made over 8,000,000,000 (8 billion) paint can marbles. They also make agitators for nail polish. In the last three years, JABO has run either 1 or 2 industrial marble machines for about 10 months a year. Whether 1 or 2 machines were run has depended on demand. The number of jobs has increased. Most of the industrial marble market has moved to Asia. American manufacturers are unable to compete as a function of the cost of goods sold. However, some orders are still given to American companies. To this day, it appears that JABO still makes the vast majority of industrial marbles that are made in America. The private runs of kids play marbles have represented about 10% of their sales while consuming about 5% of manufacturing time. The JABO Classic private runs of the last three years have produced about 8,000,000 kids’ marbles (or about 1 ½ years production of Classics in better times.) In the heyday, JABO was running 16 machines, had about 140 employees and subcontracted the total production of 4 machines from another manufacturer. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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