The Original Sand Man
Emil R. Jahna Jr.
Emil Richard Jahna Jr., our Founder, was born to Emil Richard Sr. of Landskrom, Bohemia and Nola Edwina Hughes of Elizabethton, TN in 1924. Shortly after, Emil Richard Sr. started Ridge Stone & Tile Company and the family moved to Lake Wales, FL where we still operate out of today.
Our founder, Emil Jr. grew up working at the family business where he learned about sand and concrete. In 1942 he left to join the 71st Seabees of the US Navy where he served for three years in their Pacific construction battalion.
Upon returning, Emil Jr. decided to start his own company which eventually became ER Jahna Industries. A true business man, his word and a handshake was better than a contract, and he could always be found with one pant leg in and one pant leg out of his boots.
He married Jeanne Allen Bardin in 1954 and the two had five children together. Emil Jr. passed away in 1996. His children and grandchildren have carried on his legacy and love of sand. Now on their fourth generation of Jahnas, the company remains family owned and stays true to the principles it was founded on.