About JB Machinery
JB Machinery provides superior products and services to converters and original equipment manufacturers. With over 60 years of industry experience, our unique and efficient IR drying and UV curing system designs have generated an extensive list of satisfied customers from around the world.
JB Machinery is a family owned business based in Westport, Connecticut, USA, that serves the corrugated printing and packaging industry. Emigrating from the UK with his family in 1982, John Bird (Chairman & CEO) spent two decades in the U.S. graphics arts industry before founding the company in 1998 after realizing the synergies between lithographic offset auxiliary equipment and flexography for corrugated packaging. After two short years he was joined by his oldest son, Warren Bird (President) in 2000, at which time they set out to grow a global footprint. In 2005 and with a brand now fully established and recognized, Nathan Bird, the youngest of the 3 children (VP of Business Management) was hired to run the daily operations with his concentration on service and spare parts. Shortly thereafter, Tanya Rubin (VP of Finance & HR) and the sole daughter joined the company to manage the ever expanding scope of the company finances and its activities around the world.
In 2012 the Bird Family was presented with an opportunity to acquire their long term manufacturing partner, XericWeb Drying Systems located in Neenah, Wisconsin, USA, which was an opportunity that neither party could afford to pass. With near parallel timing, Dave Burgess joined the company as Sales Director to bring his wealth of sales expertise, industry knowledge and established relationships to bolster the brand and increase an ever expanding user base. XDS Holdings — as it is known today — is a small 35 person company that researches, conceptualizes, engineers, manufactures and distributes for JB Machinery. XDS Holdings supports a well established business on the web offset side of the industry, including numerous specialty product applications. Since 1998 XericWeb/XDS and JB Machinery have led and created a global market with numerous combinations of product, including over 3,000 units of the keystone IR Drying solution, representing partnerships in 56 countries. In 2019, Spencer Bird (John’s oldest grandson) was invited to join the company, as the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager. This step signaled the beginning of third generation involvement and the potential for future succession to foster the continued global growth.
Whether it is a new machine installation, or an upgrade to an existing press, JB Machinery works closely with the customer and their machinery manufacturer to ensure the installation is flawless and the performance meets or exceeds the customer’s expectations.
From the first customer contact, through the entire life cycle of the product, customers can count on JB Machinery for superior products, service and support.
John Bird Inducted into the AICC Hall of Fame
In 2023 John earned the honor due to the many innovations he brought to the industry, his support of AICC, and his generosity with the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) and the Foundation for Packaging Education. His sharing of his time, leadership, knowledge, and his enthusiasm for the industry.
John is the patriarch of a wonderful family, with Sandra, the matriarch, at his side. Two more generations of Birds are fully involved in JB Machinery, the family business. Individually and collectively, they prove the adage of the fruit not falling far from the tree. They have emulated and enhanced the examples that John and Sandra have set.