Voted one of the 'Best Places to Work' in Maine in three different years and recognized by the hearth products industry for lean manufacturing excellence, Jotul maintains a strong improvement focus. It boasts a culture that encourages promotion from within and formalizes employee development, cross-training and working as part of a team. On this tour, you will see products flowing through assembly/paint/packing one by one, strong internal and external pull systems, visual scheduling and a continuous improvement idea system that brings out the creativity of the Jotul workforce.
Jotul was founded in Maine in 1980. The parent company, Jotul AS, was founded in Norway in 1853. Jotul stoves have been imported in the U.S. since the early 1970s. In the early 1990s, Jotul North America was a pioneer in the gas hearth products market in the U.S. with its freestanding gas room heater. In 1998, Jotul North America's Maine facility added product development as well as the final assembly of the product line of gas room heaters designed for the North American hearth products market. www.jotul.com