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American Jetway Corp.
www.americanjetway.com / Headquarters: Wayne, Mich. / Employees: 130 / Gordon Jones,
president and CEO: "We're very knowledgeable about what it takes to make things happen."

Midwest

Aerosol
Excellence
after 50 years, american
jetway is taking steps to stay
strong. by alan dorich
Not many companies last half-acentury, but American Jetway Corp.
has beaten those odds and has no
intention of slowing down, Janice
Germann says. "We're growing and
it's going to keep going that way,"
she declares.
Based in Wayne, Mich., the firm primarily supplies aerosols, liquids and
specialty packaging for the automotive industry. American Jetway started operations in 1963, with the first
aerosol cans off its lines being touchup paints used on automobile engines
right off the assembly lines. The company saw heavy competition during
the early 1970s, with nearly 500 private-label packagers for aerosols.
Since then, that number has
dropped to approximately 200, as
many have closed their doors or have
been absorbed into other operations. For the past 20 years, COO
Janice Germann and President/CEO
Gordon Jones have been partners at
American Jetway and are its majority
shareholders.
Jones adds that, in the past two
years, American Jetway has grown
by 67 percent, as it has added new
staff members and responded to
customers who sought new coatings
for waterproofing, rust inhibitors
and degreasers.
"Customers were looking for
places to produce it, package it and
ship it to them," he recalls. "We were
able to respond to these customers'
needs more quickly than other suppliers were able to."
Recently, American Jetway commemorated its 50th anniversary with
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multiple quality control
associates monitor american
jetway's production line.

a large party that its employees and
their families attended, along with
locals from the community, including
Wayne Mayor Abdul Haidous. "He
presented a very nice plaque for our
achievements," Jones says.

Making Things Happen
American Jetway can respond quicker
than its competitors thanks to the
expertise and flexibility of its team,
Jones says. "We're very knowledgeable about what it takes to make
things happen," he says.

For instance, when one client came
to American Jetway and wanted it to
produce 500,000 units in a month, it
created a second shift that it could
devote to that client's products.
"We had to double our capacity
overnight," Director of Marketing
and Sales Jeffrey Clos recalls.
This meant training another team
to work the night shift within a
month's time. In addition, American
Jetway had to grow its mixing department staff so it could run as a triple
shift, and install another aerosol


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