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The Joseph M Stern Company

JMS was founded in 1915 primarily as a supplier to the funeral home industry. The Elder family introduced Raffia Display Grass to the mix in the 1920’s and the cemetery industry became our primary customer base. In the middle of the 20th century the second generation of Elders (Bob and Howard) branched into the craft/floral industry with Raffia products and the set/stage design field with the raffia grass mats. The family’s third generation (Dave Owen) added the Camouflage and waterfowl hunting line of Raffia products in the latter part of our company’s first 100 years.

It’s a family company success story that has stayed connected to its Natural product/Fiber roots and its original Madagascar supply base that is unparalleled in today’s business world.

We pride ourselves on FAMILY; by giving our customers families Premium Service; purchasing the Highest Quality Raffia from our Madagascar supply families, and by demanding our JMS family dye, package and ship the highest Quality Finished products. Without these 3 focused strategies our customers’ would not continue our business relationships (some approaching 60 years) and JMS would not be nearing the start of our second century.
The Joseph M Stern Company