News & Innovations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2022
Maurice Gaudet, IV
J&M Industries, Inc.
Wholly-Owned Subsidiary JMI Covers, L.L.C.
J&M Industries, Inc. Celebrates Their Success in Patent Litigation
J&M Industries, Inc. Wins Permanent Injunction and Damages Against Raven Industries, Inc.
Ponchatoula, LA: J&M Industries, Inc. (the Company), a custom tarp and cover manufacturer announced its success in patent litigation against rival Raven Industries, Inc. (Raven). The Company obtained a permanent injunction on December 6, 2021, against Raven, preventing further infringing actions regarding the Company’s patented CoverGuard® Internal Strapping System used for temporary grain storage. Raven was also required to pay damages for previous infringing actions. Consequently, Raven had to rapidly develop alternative and non-infringing methods of securing their temporary grain storage covers without the advantage of long-term multi-year field testing.
Through its wholly-owned subsidiary JMI Covers, L.L.C., the Company entered the temporary grain storage cover market over ten years ago, establishing a reputation for innovating and developing a multitude of products providing quality, safety, and environmental improvements beyond the patented CoverGuard® Internal Strapping System. The removable internal straps are designed for multi-year use, providing additional savings to customers and making used grain covers easier to recycle or repurpose. JMI Covers, L.L.C. was the first to offer disposal services to customers on a large scale, providing recycling or alternative use of customers’ used grain covers (avoiding their disposal in landfills). In the current environmentally conscious world, the quality woven coated North American sourced fabric, predominantly used by the Company to manufacture temporary grain covers, has proven to be easier to recycle or
repurpose than the string reinforced fabric used overwhelmingly by certain competitors. Our temporary grain covers are proudly manufactured in the U.S. by a family-owned Company in its 50th year of operations. The issue of who owns and manages your grain cover supplier in the future will never be an area of concern as both second and third generation family members are involved in the business.
About J&M Industries, Inc.: J&M Industries, Inc. is a privately held family-owned Company in its 50th year based in Ponchatoula, LA. with a 280,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The Company and its subsidiaries manufacture and distribute tarps and covers for various applications and industries, including temporary grain covers.
Our Patented CoverGuard® Internal Strapping System is uniquely encapsulated within the grain cover. Our patented system saves both time and money by reducing installation time at a fraction of the cost of external web nets. The Patented CoverGuard® Internal Strapping System is available in 12 ft. and 24 ft. spacing options.
The Guardian Positioning System® is integrated into our high-quality grain covers and is strategically placed to allow employees to be securely attached to a tie-off point. Our system is designed to reduce the chances of sliding off the pile while working. It will enable personnel to safely maneuver around the pile during cover installation, maintenance, sample probing, or when removing cover sections during product reclaim.
VeraFlow® Air Intakes
VeraFlow® is designed for customers who use perforated PVC pipes to provide airflow throughout the pile. VeraFlow® Air Intakes are manufactured with spacing increments of 24 ft. This system ensures consistent spacing across the pile and balanced airflow throughout the grain pile. Since VeraFlow® is built into our covers, you no longer have to place the pipe before covering. Once the cover has been installed and secured, open the VeraFlow® hook and loop pocket, place intake pipe, and close.
EZ-PLOY® Hand Straps
EZ-Ploy® Hand Straps are designed to aid in the deployment of the covers while helping reduce the wear & tear on your hands. The EZ-Ploy® Straps are installed along the connection seams on 12ft. spacing and are standard on JMI's covers with the purchase of our HLT® Connection Seams.
VeraVent® Air Intakes
VeraVent® Air Intakes are ideal for all styles and configurations of bunkers where FM tends to build around the pile's inner core, making it sometimes difficult to achieve a well-balanced airflow in these areas. VeraVent® helps maintain the overall quality of your product, which leads to savings.
HLT® Cover Connection Seams
Are you tired of Sewing? HLT® Connection Seams are extremely strong and are easily assembled on-site without sewing machines. These Connection Seams have reinforced webbing and grommeted edges, secured together using heavy-duty zip ties. Hook & Loop secondary rain flaps provide additional moisture protection and are color-coded to ensure proper installation.
BunkerGuard® Wall Skirts
BunkerGuard® Wall Skirts are manufactured to each specific pile size and wall height. It is easily removed and is reusable. Our strategically placed mesh screens allow for the aeration system to still pull in the air as not to starve the aeration system and increase energy costs. BunkerGuard® installs easily to the top wall and rolls up when complete airflow is desired.