John Day Company
In order to produce complete solutions, John Day Company focuses on serving customer needs, not only with innovative products, but with technical expertise and personalized services that support production and procurement.
John Day Company invests heavily in training for its employees and product end-users. Product training and factory support are provided, either at the customer’s plant or at the Omaha headquarters training facility. Safety seminars and on-site chain and synthetic sling inspection are also available. Cutting tool and other product trials further illustrate John Day Company’s commitment to increasing its customers’ productivity.
John Day Company is adept at designing the most cost-effective procurement process for the individual customer. Orders can be placed on-line via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or e-mail. The company has the ability to support VISA, MasterCard, DiscoverCard, and American Express procurement cards. Flexible billing formats and customized reporting also streamline the payables process.
The company’s inventory management capabilities further reduce customer overall costs. These capabilities include integrated supply projects, warehousing, Just-In-Time delivery, Tool Crib management, customizing of part numbers and bar coding.
The John Day Company is a wholesaler/distributor of agricultural, industrial, material handling, and safety supplies and equipment. The company is a small, family-owned business that has remained successful through the years because of its dedication to provide excellent service and products, along with technical expertise to its customers. Jere Fonda, Chairman, believes this fourth-generation company will continue to prosper into the next century, due to planning, organization, good work ethics, and enthusiastic personnel.
The John Day Company, originally the John Day Rubber and Supply Company, was founded in 1909 by John F. Day, Sr. For many years, Mr. Day traveled as a salesman for an agricultural implement wholesale house in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area. In 1909, with very little capital, Mr. Day decided to start a company of his own. He persuaded several manufacturers of rakes, hose, and cutlery to allow him to take orders to be shipped by the factory. As the company grew, Mr. Day saw the necessity of carrying a stock of merchandise in Omaha in order to provide better service. The first stock was carried in the front bedroom of his home; it was later moved to a warehouse on 1114 Jackson Street.
The addition of mechanical rubber goods, including hose, transmission belts, and packing, led to the development of two distinct divisions: one serving industry and the other serving agricultural implement dealers. In 1997, a safety division was developed, and , in 1998, a material handling division was formed. The company felt both were necessary additions in order to better serve the needs of the industrial and agricultural customer. The four divisions enable the company to provide a wide product variation and offer the customer over 25,000 unique items. Each division has separate sales forces while sharing support services.