Company History

In 1958 – in the days before there was a restaurant on every corner of every street – Franklin Jacobs founded a company that would eventually become the largest manufacturer of restaurant furniture in the world.

It all started with a revolutionarily-designed 4 Prong table base, the same one that our company is selling today, made from cast iron and manufactured to Frank’s exacting standards to withstand the daily demands of food service.

Soon the company was manufacturing in five countries and had sales throughout the world. In 2006, Frank's son, Michael Jacobs established a new company in China. Jacobs International acquired an export license and built a factory in Shenzhen and began to service the growing food service industry throughout the Pacific Rim.

Currently, Jacobs International is manufacturing, exporting, delivering and installing food service facilities throughout China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Australia. And in 2009, Michael founded JI Bases to service the needs of Original Equipment Manufacturers in the U.S.

With a home office and warehouse holding extensive inventories in St. Louis, Missouri, JI Bases is managed by people who have been in the industry – and with the Jacobs family – for more than 30 years.

JI Bases is proud to continue the tradition of manufacturing and delivering the only true “professional grade” table base in the world. We stand by the Jacobs family’s original promise of no-excuses customer service: if it’s not right, we fix it.