Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation

Curt G. Joa, Inc. is celebrating its 90th year in business. Through our stakeholders, customers, employees, and community, we have accomplished great things over the past 90 years. We are proud of the technologies and innovations we have brought to the industry. From 1932 when the first machine was commissioned to today when we are excited to focus on our new innovations including our prized ESC-8.

To all of those who have been a part of these incredible accomplishments, thank you! Here’s to the next 90 years!


The JOA East Asia office announced as JOA’s newest Asian branch.

Did you know?

In 1961 was the introduction of JOA’s profit-sharing plan for employees? We continue this today!

90 Years of Accomplishments

2020 Economic Driver Award

Awarded by Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation.

“E” Award

Excellence in Exports from the U.S. Department of Commerce

“E” Star award

Exports for continuing to export over 50% of it's machinery sales.

The History of Curt G. Joa, Inc.

Established during the Great Depression, JOA is no stranger to overcoming the toughest challenges. In 1932, our founder Curt G. Joa applied for his first patent, which introduced automation to the world of disposable hygiene product manufacturing. His groundbreaking invention led to the creation of the first feminine sanitary napkin machine, and set the standard for industry excellence. Decade after decade, that spirit of innovation has carried the company to new heights. For nearly 90 years, we’ve made a tradition of innovation, continually improving production processes for customers in ever-changing markets worldwide.

Curt G. Joa valued building long-term relationships above all, knowing our success starts with yours. Today, in our third generation of family ownership, JOA continues its heritage of treating customers like family—we collaborate closely, share exciting ideas, and travel thousands of miles day or night when our help is needed. It’s why customers continually trust us for all their converting technology needs.

Meet the Family that Started it All

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