History


Starting in Denmark, the Johnsen family has been engaged in the design and manufacture of quality machinery for nearly seventy years. Company founder Hugo Johnsen immigrated to Canada in the late 1950′s and established the Johnsen Machine Company, in a one-door garage in Burlington, Ontario, just west of Toronto.

Aware of the company’s reputation for quality and innovation, in 1984 the packaged ice industry approached Johnsen Machine Company to develop the first automatic master ice baler. This was Johnsen Machine Company’s first entry into the Packaging Industry. Shortly thereafter JMC Packagaing Equipment division was formed. That first master baler proved itself to be a highly reliable, labour-saving machine operating in a challenging environment. Today, most of the 500 of these machines that have been built still operate and save money daily for their operators. Our line of machines has grown since that first Baler but all are built with the same high degree of quality and performance as the original Automatic Master Baler. Our equipment is in use all over North America, as well as Australasia, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Many of our customers state that the “JMC” is the best piece of equipment in their plant!


JMC Automation in Packaging Equipment original Tool & Machine Shop with founder Hugo Johnsen

Original location (1950’s) and Hugo Johnsen (Founder)


Milestones


  • 1961 – Johnsen Tool and Machine Company founded
  • 1969 – Incorporated as Johnsen Machine Company Limited
  • 1984 – Relocated to the present building location
  • 1984 – Designed, built, sold, and installed first Baler into the Ice Industry
  • 1985 – Formed JMC Packaging Equipment, a division of Johnsen Machine Company
  • 1992 – Issued Canadian and US patent for Baler with Adjustable Chute
  • 1993 – Formed Johnsen Ultravac
  • 1993 – Issued USA Patent for FuseAire Bag Closing Machine
  • 1993 – Issued USA Patent for Bag Handling Machine
  • 1994 – Issued Canadian Patent for FuseAire Bag Closing Machine
  • 1994 – Issued Canadian Patent for High Speed Baling Machine
  • 1996 – Issued USA Patent for High Speed Baling Machine
  • 1996 – Issued Canadian Patent for Bag Handling Machine
  • 2000 – Ole Johnsen took over as President of Johnsen Machine Company and all divisions
  • 2003 – Issued US Patent for WBS Wicketed Bagger and Sealer
  • 2010 – Issued Canadian Patent for WBS Wicketed Bagger and Sealer
  • 2012 – Sold 1000th packaging machine
  • 2013 – Issued US patent for Automated Palletizer System and Method, Canadian patent applied for.
  • 2013 – Issued US patent for Bag Turning Machine, Canadian patent applied for.
  • 2014 – 500th Baler sold
  • 2014 – Changed name from “JMC packaging equipment” to “JMC Automation in Packaging” to better reflect our evolution in the packaging industry