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Osborn Introduces Global Rebranding Initiative at ISA Product Showcase

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Osborn Introduces Global Rebranding Initiative at ISA Product Showcase

Osborn Introduces Global Rebranding Initiative at ISA Product Showcase

MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Osborn, a Jason company and the global leader in surface treatment and finishing solutions, today unveils its new brand identity and platform. The rebranding initiative establishes a tagline for the 125-year-old company – “Finish. First.” – intended to solidify Osborn’s role as the world’s most complete finishing solution specialist, while hinting at the company’s position as the pioneer of the finishing industry. Additional elements include a refreshed company logo, which brings subtle modern updates to the iconic Osborn shield design.

“The new Osborn brand successfully does that while also presenting a unified global front. This effort makes it far easier to market the full gamut of Osborn products and solutions, thereby positioning the company well for strong organic growth.”

The rebranding comes on the heels of decades of organic growth and acquisitions that left Osborn with a mix of brand names, logos and messages. Under the new initiative, Osborn is established as the global corporate brand, with Lippert-Unipol, JacksonLea and other names now serving as product lines. Through a gradual transition process, certain brands will be phased out or migrated.

“The new Osborn identity and platform accomplishes our goal of uniting the collective strengths of our brands while simplifying who we are to our customers, the industry and our employees – wherever they may be in the world,” said Dr. Florestan von Boxberg, president of Jason Finishing Group, the unit of Jason Incorporated to which Osborn belongs. “While our results have long spoken for themselves, we’re pleased to now have the proper brand architecture in place to back up the excellence and dedication present at all levels of the Osborn organization.”

As do all Jason companies, Osborn employs the Jason Business System (JBS), a collaborative manufacturing strategy that outlines business principles and processes to ensure best-in-class results and collective strength. Among the pillars of JBS is Revenue Growth, which specifies a global, customer-centric approach to marketing.

“Jason companies are adept at thinking in terms of customer needs and solutions and, thus, our marketing efforts should support our role as a solutions provider,” said David Westgate, chairman, president and CEO of Jason Incorporated. “The new Osborn brand successfully does that while also presenting a unified global front. This effort makes it far easier to market the full gamut of Osborn products and solutions, thereby positioning the company well for strong organic growth.”

The new Osborn brand makes its U.S. debut at the Industrial Supply Association Product Showcase and Conference in San Antonio, taking place this week. The event is attended by a majority of Osborn’s distribution network, thereby making it a fitting venue in which to introduce the new identity.

In March, elements of the brand were previewed to attendees of the International Hardware Show in Cologne, Germany. The world’s premier fair in the global hardware industry, the show this year featured 2,700 exhibitors from 52 countries and drew 57,000 visitors from 124 nations. The company’s 828-square-foot booth, designed in metal and blue finish, impressively showcased Osborn’s global leadership in surface treatment and finishing solutions

While the new Osborn identity is now in place on business cards, letterhead, trade show booths and more, a number of executions will be introduced throughout the year. Among the initiatives currently in progress are a new Osborn website, catalogs, collateral materials and signage.

About Osborn

Osborn is the world’s leading supplier of surface treatment solutions and high quality finishing tools for hundreds of industrial and commercial applications, such as metal finishing, honing and surface polishing. Founded in 1887, Osborn now includes operations in 15 countries and serves customers in more than 100 countries. A unit of Jason Incorporated, Osborn carries more than 10,000 standard references and more than 100,000 customized products to serve our diversity of customers and industries.

Osborn is headquartered in Burgwald, Germany, and Cleveland, Ohio. For more information visit www.osborn.com.

About Jason Incorporated

Jason Incorporated is parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets. All Jason companies utilize the Jason Business System, a collaborative manufacturing strategy applicable to a diverse group of companies that includes business principles and processes to ensure best-in-class results and collective strength.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 3,600 individuals in 13 countries. To learn more, visit www.jasoninc.com.

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