A family-owned company
built on making every stitch count.Located in the Chicago suburb of Saint Charles, Illinois, the AJR Group is a small army of trained, dedicated workers spread across 350,000 square feet of state-of-the-art manufacturing space. This is their story.
As young man in Croatia, Jakob Rukel had a dream of a better life for his family and friends. He knew that to create a future and he needed to leave what was known for the unknown…to leave a familiar rural community for distant grand opportunity. With his wife and two small boys, Jakob moved to the US with little more than a dream and a few dollars in his pocket.
With his first job on a manufacturing floor in North Carolina he earned a reputation for going the extra mile, working longer hours, exceeding expectations, and delivering more than was expected. Soon the even the company’s customers knew that if they wanted speed and excellence, they needed Jakob on their job.