Colorado Companies to Watch spotlight: Janska LLC
Snapshot: Janska is a Colorado Springs-based clothing manufacturer that uses soft, easy-care fabrics to create comfortable, flattering, versatile clothing. More than half of the company’s designs are also available in its Wellness Wear line, offering stylish and comforting options to those with limited mobility.
Leadership: Jan Erickson has been the company’s president since its inception in 2003.
Work force: Janska has grown from one part-time employee in 2008 to 15 ½ full-time-equivalent employees at the end of last year. It expects to expand to 23 full-time-equivalent employees in 2012.
Innovation: Janska was founded on a single innovative idea – a jacket for the mobility-impaired – and innovation continues to be the driving force in everything Janska creates. The company holds patents on both its LapWrap Shawl and MocSock booties. It also holds trademarks for “Janska,” “Clothing that Comforts,” “MocSocks” and “LapWrap.”
Growth curve: Janska has posted sharp revenue growth each of the past four years. In 2011, revenues increased 75 percent year-over-year, and the company projects another 50 percent gain this year.
Culture: Janska uses U.S.-milled fabrics, local manufacturing, and 100 percent recycled fleece to create its products. The company partners with other domestic small businesses, donates and recycles its scraps, and has designed its supply chain to minimize waste.