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A Family Business Success - Jet Container

 Saturday, August 11, 2012

Jet ContainerThe Jet Container Company, a family owned and operated business for 35 years, designs and manufactures high quality corrugated containers at their 220,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ohio. Their well-maintained and efficient factory supports the most diverse and responsive corrugated operation in the region allowing them to offer the widest range of container sizes and quantities available in the Ohio Valley. They also maintain their own fleet of trucks and trailers for immediate delivery and have teamed up with Dismas Distribution Services, LLC to provide the best in meeting fulfillment needs. Their current success was hard-earned and took time, and money.

After working for some of the largest corrugated manufacturers in the U.S., Joe Schmitt decided to strike out on his own. He and wife Mary Ann launched Jet Container Company with four employees in 1977. Their mission was to offer high-quality containers, superior client service, and quick delivery.

Joe knew that a relationship with his banker, Tiney McComb - Founder of Heartland Bank, was important for the financial success of his company. They worked together and, as a result, Joe was able to obtain an SBA loan to purchase the building where Jet Container’s current headquarters is located at 2050 S. High Street in Columbus. From that date on a strong relationship continued.

The couple’s four sons grew up in the business, working weekends and summer holidays from Junior High School through college. In 2001, following the death of their parents, brothers Mike, Steve, Mark and J.T. Schmitt became co-owners of Jet Container Co. and assumed leadership roles within the organization. Steve serves as Vice President, Operations Manager; Mike is Vice President, Sales Manager; J.T. is Vice President, Facilities Manager; and Mark is Vice President, Treasurer. “Everyone had the option to move into an area that would bring out their strengths to benefit themselves, our company and, most importantly, our clients,” Steve said.

Jet ContainerThe brothers knew in order to grow the business, they needed a designer. After a short period of time, they made the decision to bring Richard Prohl on board as part of their team. Richard Prohl is manager of the Jet Container Design Department. Richard is very creative and has won numerous awards for his designs. He enjoys a challenge and loves to present innovative solutions.

In 2007, Scott McComb, President and CEO of Heartland Bank, and a long time friend of the Schmitt family, became their banker. Scott worked with them helping them to see where the company was going and to plan for the future. The brothers had many banks contact them wanting their business. “Everyone was giving away money,” stated Mike Schmitt. “After several conversations with Scott, the decision was to stay with Heartland. It was not about rate; it was about relationship. When you need help, or have a question, Heartland is there for you. It is about the people at the bank. When you go in, they know about your family and care about your needs.”

According to the brothers, Jet Container’s continued success is based on teamwork and using their individual strengths to the company’s advantage. “Some might think a family business gets a little too close for comfort,” Mike said. “The fact is we get along very well. We each understand that we carry out very distinct responsibilities, and each of us has a critical role in making this business successful. We take that seriously, and it helps that we love what we do.”

Jet Container’s goal is to be the best full-service supplier for its clients. Managers and employees are committed to delivering unsurpassed client service and manufacturing excellence. They strive to develop long-term relationships based on honesty, creativity and constant improvement.

Heartland Bank is proud to serve many businesses like Jet Container Company. “Heartland is easy to do business with,” said Steve Schmitt, “there is a great atmosphere and we have a good relationship with their employees both at the Gahanna and Grove City Offices. At Heartland, you are not just another number!”

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