Johnson Crushers International, Inc. (KPI-JCI) recently celebrated the shipment of its 3,000th screen, marking nearly $200 million in revenue for the company from screen sales and providing 47 high-quality, U.S.-based jobs to its skilled workforce.
“We are very proud that our success as an American manufacturer has allowed us to create jobs in Oregon and beyond,” said JCI President Jeff Elliott. “We are also very proud of our employees, who have made this achievement possible through their commitment to continuous improvement and devotion to meeting the needs of the customer.”
Triple-shaft horizontal screens were originally invented in Eugene, Ore., by Louis Johnson, who founded ElJay. The horizontal screens were designed primarily to fill a need to perform in the more challenging environmental conditions typical of the Pacific Northwest, where material is wet and sticky, which tended to blind and plug the commonly-used incline screen technology of that era. After ElJay closed, JCI began in Eugene and was later acquired by Astec Industries.
JCI’s screen offering has since grown to include both single and dual shaft incline screens, as well as its patented Combo Screen, which combines the best of both a horizontal screen and an incline screen. JCI’s full product range of screens has allowed it to become a market leader in screen market share. JCI’s custom screens allow end users to have a screen built to fit existing applications, minimizing the downtime and cost associated with replacing old or obsolete screens in their plants.
Today, as part of KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, JCI is the global technological and service provider of the foremost horizontal screening equipment on the market. JCI also specializes in roller-bearing cone crushers and portable, stationary and track-mounted plants.
“We are incredibly thankful to JCI’s founders for having the courage and vision to design this product,” Elliott said. “With the support of Astec Industries, we have been able to create a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that is poised to serve the needs of the market.”