Maker of adhesive
coated films

Jessup Manufacturing Company is a global manufacturer specializing in adhesive coated and laminated materials and photoluminescent films and sheets. Jessup products are used in many industries as component parts, site safety equipment, and graphics. Jessup has nearly 60 years of experience and has created over 10,000 custom and branded solutions for customers. Jessup has two manufacturing plants in the United States and is headquartered in McHenry, Illinois.

Making adhesive coating and laminating of flexible materials is at the heart of what we do. Jessup develops engineered solutions for a wide range of industrial and commercial applications, including those that require solvent-based adhesives. Jessup can custom coat client-supplied materials or source whatever is needed for the application.
Whether prototyping or producing on a large scale, Jessup’s Solve + Make™ process includes discovery, product design, engineering, mixing, coating, converting, packaging, supply chain management, and logistical capabilities. Jessup provides ingenious and efficient solutions for a diverse group of market segments, including Manufacturing, Safety, Transportation, Retail + Commercial, Government + Institutions, Graphics + Advertising, and Action Sports.

Jessup’s branded products are recognized around the world for quality. Safety Track® and Flex Track® are products lines within the non-slip Films sector. Glo Brite® and Green Exit Signs® are leading brands in the Photoluminescent Films sector. Asphalt Art®, TexWalk®, and SportWalk® are all leading brands in the Graphics Media sector.

Jessup is an active member of its Illinois communities and many industry associations. Jessup sponsors charities in many industries and locations around the world, particularly ones that help kids.



Paul S. Jessup launches the company from a two-car garage in McHenry, Illinois.


10th Anniversary Jessup Manufacturing celebrates 10 years of growth as a business in the McHenry Country Club.


Robert W. Jessup purchases the company from his father and continues to expand the McHenry facility.


Jessup acquires Weltrim, Inc. based in Addison, Illinois, adding Safety Track® technology to its product offering.


Jessup introduces Jessup The Original® Griptape to the skateboard market.


Jessup acquires Kencote Laminations (renamed Midwest Coatings) in Lake Bluff, Illinois, increasing the vertical integration by adding capabilities in adhesive coating, casting, and laminating.


Jessup begins manufacturing photoluminescent film and sheets.


Jessup purchased Plastic Converters, manufacturer of embossed PVC films.


Jessup received ISO 9002 certification, 6th edition.


Robert A. Jessup and his brother Scott purchase the company from their father, ensuring continuity into the third generation of the Jessup family.


Jessup received ISO 9001:2000 certifications, affirming its commitment to quality and continuous product and process improvement.


Jessup purchases the assets and equipment of Vy-Coat, adding photoluminescent thermoplastic technology to the company’s capabilities.


Jessup becomes greener with a state-of-the-art Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer installed in Lake Bluff plant.


Jessup launches the only 100 foot UL 924 exit sign in the North American market.


Jessup opens ecommerce store on its Glo Brite® website.


Jessup acquires Asphalt Art USA to increase its position in the graphics media market.


Jessup receives NAVSEA approval on peel-and-stick non-skid tapes and treads for military vessels.


Jessup completes 30,000 square foot addition to the Lake Bluff plant.


Jessup adds the Maker, a new grit coater, to increase manufacturing capacity for non-slip tapes and treads.


Jessup adds laser cutter to handle converting intricate and back slitting.


Jessup begins Glo Brite® safety tape to the Department of Defense for naval vessels, submarines, aircraft and tactical vehicles.

Industry links

Association for International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators

American Society for Testing and Materials

International Association of Skateboard Companies

International Sign Association

International Standards Organization

National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors

National Fire Protection Association

National Floor Safety Institute

Photoluminescent Safety Association

Photoluminescent Safety Products Association

Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association

Pressure Sensitive Tape Council

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Virginia Ship Repair Association

Where we came from

Since Jessup was founded 62 years ago, it has merged the entrepreneurial spirit of a privately held company with operational discipline and a relentless passion for exceeding customers’ expectations.

Careers at Jessup

At Jessup, we take great pride in what we do and how we do it. We’re a growing company and we’re looking for talented, dedicated employees to join us. Check out our job listings and get in touch with us via this application.

Jessup Manufacturing is an equal opportunity employer that recruits, hires, trains, and promotes without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, gender identity, genetic information, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws.

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Technical documents

Jessup develops a variety of technical documents for its branded products, including:

  • Regulatory Data Sheet
  • Application Instructions
  • Architectural Sheet
  • Technical Data Sheet
  • Safety Data Sheets

Please request these documents by contacting Jessup or via live chat.


Solve + Make™ Brochure

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Non-Slip Brochure

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Graphics Media Brochure

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Glo Brite® Films Brochure

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Exit, Egress and Safety Sign Brochure

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