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The Jacob company history at a glance!

Founded in 1922 by Wilhelm Jacob.
First production of brass turning parts - plugs and connectors for the electrical industry. Contact terminals for heating and cooking applicances lead to the slogan „Contact with and through Jacob“.

Notable event on 18. March 1922:
In India, Mahatma Gandhi is sentenced to six years in jail for civil disobedience. However, he would serve only two years.

Construction of company´s own factory building and relocation to Fellbach, Germany. Manufacture of brass cable glands, sealing plugs, locknuts and lighting accessories.

Notable event on 18. April 1951:
Treaty of Paris establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) is signed. It comes into force in July 1952.

New generation: following the death of the company founder, the youngest son, Willy Jacob, takes over the management of the family business.

Notable event on 16. June 1960:
Alfred Hitchcock`s Psycho is shown in American cinemas for the first time, with an advertising campaign ensuring queues at the box office.

Relocation to the present site in Kernen.
Production and sales, expecially of cable glands and accessories made of brass and plastic.

Notable event on 18. June 1972:
Germany wins the European Football Championship in Belgium.

Founding of the subsidiary MAS - Jacob elektronische Mess- und Regelgeräte GmbH, development of a new factory building in Waiblingen.

Notable event on 22. November 1986:
Following a knock-out victory in the second round against Trevor Berbick, 20-year-old Mike Tyson becomes the youngest ever heavyweight champion of the world.

Expansion of production at Kernen site through the construction of an additional production hall.

Notable event on 18. March 1992:
Microsoft launches Windows 3.1.

Merger between Jacob GmbH and MAS. Development of the land bordering the former Friedel chocolate factory.

Notable event on 14. September 2008:
With his victory at the Italien Grand Prix, 21-year-old racing driver Sebastian Vettel becomes the youngest Grand Prix winner in Formula 1 history.

Acquisition of the new logistics and assembly building - transfer of employees from Fellbach and Waiblingen to Kernen.

Notable event on 25. June 2009:<br/>The King of Pop Michael Jackson dies at the age of 50.

Jacob establish a new subsidiary in China. The Jacob Electronic Components (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.. has its headquarters on the edge of Shanghai in Eastern China and produce for the Asian market.

Notable event on 30.October 2011:
On the Philippines, Baby Danica May Camacho is welcomed as person.

90 years of Jacob!
In July Jacob celebrate with all employees and their family his 90th birthday.

Notable event on 14.Oktober 2012:
The Austrian Felix Baumgartner jumps from 39 kilometers above the Earth and lands safely.

Jacob GmbH sold its subsidiary INTRADO AG, based in Hünenberg Switzerland, to the Bossard Group. The sale was completed on May 28, 2013.

Notable event on 13. March 2013:
Francis appears to the public for the first time as Pope at the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.

Since July 2015 David Goodwin support our Distribution in the USA as Key Account Manager. He was trained at our Headquarter in Kernen and prepared for his new tasks.

Notable event on 05. July 2015:
Blazing heat in Germany. In Bavaria Kitzingen the heat record of 40,3 C° was broken on this day. This was the highest measured temperature in Germany since the beginning of the nationwide weather records in 1881.