Our Company

JBT Corporation is an American, family business success story.

Over 45 years ago, John McGourthy Sr. established Thermoset – a bonding company with roots in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Starting with the goal of servicing locally concentrated small gas engine manufacturers with dry friction components, Thermoset evolved into a world leader in the production of non-woven carbon fiber friction materials.

After 16 years of service at Thermoset, Bryan McGourthy, John’s son, took what he had learned from his father’s company and started a metal fabrication operation of his own in 2009. In 2015, JBT Corporation acquired the non-woven friction material division of Thermoset and has since grown into a state-of-the-art manufacturer, offering full-service metal fabrication, friction materials and custom injection molding.

As an approved supplier to major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) worldwide, JBT’s position in the marketplace is a direct result of precise craftsmanship, combined experience amongst staff, continued customer satisfaction, and extensive quality control standards. JBT has the resources, equipment, technology, and control systems to provide a high-quality product at a competitive price with on-time delivery.

While small enough to provide personal attention to individual application requirements, JBT is equipped to handle orders of any size. Whether you need a handful or thousands of parts, JBT is interested in your order.

Our Company Timeline

  • 2009
    Bryan McGourthy sees our existing friction material customers' need for metal fabrication. He starts JB Friction & Fab Corp with 4 employees and a few pieces of equipment. The company is named using the initials of his two children. Operations begin at the Grafton, WI plant.
  • 2015
    Bryan acquires the non-woven friction material business from Thermoset. By this time, he has a third child and uses their initials in naming the company. And thus, JBT Corp is founded. Operations stay at the Mequon, WI plant with 15 existing employees.
  • 2019
    JBT Corp becomes ISO certified for the friction material business.
  • 2020
    Both JB Friction and JBT Corp continued to grow. The decision is made to merge the companies together and continue under the name JBT Corp. The friction material business retains its ISO Certification and the metal fabrication business acquires certification. JBT Corp moves its main location to the Grafton, WI plant.
  • 2021
    JBT Corp successfully incorporated the metal fabrication and friction material business together. Throughout the company, JBT's 35-40 employees offer expertise only gained after many years of experience.
  • 2023
    JBT Corp invests in the future through the purchase and installation of multiple new pieces of equipment including: fully robotic brake press cell, automated panel bender, coil fed fiber laser, Mitsubishi fiber flat sheet laser and 3 hardware insertion PEM serters. JBT also renews ISO certification for the Metal Fabrication business.

Our Team

Our staff holds more than 30 years of combined experience in the Fabrication industry. This experience allows us to implement new technologies and produce new products with the highest level of quality possible.

Our leadership team manages project coordination and implements quality improvement processes each month to assure each project meets our highest quality standards.

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