In this episode of AMP we talk with the 4th generation owner of Johnson Machine Works, Jeff Johnson. Located in Chariton, IA, JMW has a rich history that includes triumph and tribulation, success and failure, and many challenges overcome. Stories include a fire in the 1945, WWII efforts, how the company changed hands, and Open Book Management strategy. Owner, Jeff Johnson is passionate about his life’s work and you get a strong sense of pride in the way he talks about the people employed at JMW. Jeff’s faith has been a driving force for him and we take some time going down that path.

Johnson Machine Works was founded in 1907 in a town that is currently home to about 4,500 residents. Employing around 100 people JMW is certainly a staple of Chariton, IA.

How does a company that’s over 100 years old keep on reinventing itself and keep up with a changing global economy? How did a high school senior end up taking over the company after a family tragedy? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this episode of AMP!


Author Joe Batten, NYT Best Selling Author:

Prayer Requests Page at JMW:

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