Our Story

THE HISTORY OF DUNDAS JAFINE

A brief timeline of some of our major milestones

1934

Founder Carl Jafine established West End Feed Company as a feed & seed retail store on Dundas Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The name was later changed to Dundas Jafine, Inc. Behind the storefront was a 2 storey warehouse that was used for the wholesale distribution of feed, hay and straw used by horses delivering milk and bread directly to homes.

1940

Pet supplies and pet equipment were introduced as additional product lines to the feed and seed business

1955

Flax tow was now being sold to the furniture upholstery industry to be used as furniture cushion stuffing. That business grew from stuffing, to a complete line of other upholstery supplies.

1960

In the early 1960s when forced air furnace filters were becoming more popular, Dundas Jafine began distributing Permanent Air Filters in 5 different sizes. Canadian Tire was the first major customer to take on this product line from Dundas Jafine. Shortly after the introduction of the filter line, Pipe Wrap Insulation was launched as the second product in the HVAC line-up.

The second generation of Jafines, brothers Bernie Jafine and Murray Jafine, purchased the company from their father Carl Jafine and moved the growing wholesale side of the business to a new warehouse location on Ryding Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. With this new larger space, Dundas Jafine added cat litter and wild bird seed to it’s ever expanding line-up of pet products and began supplying these items to many large grocery chains in the metropolitan Toronto area. The retail location remained on Dundas Street with Carl Jafine continuing to manage it.

Air Filter

1975

The Canadian customer base continued to grow and in 1965 the company moved to a much larger location in North York, Ontario. Eventually the company once again outgrew that space and in 1975 moved to a different location on Steeles Avenue. In addition to the much needed, larger space, this Steeles Avenue location also boasted more truck level loading docks for ease of shipping and receiving.

1978

As product distribution crossed the border, a U.S. manufacturing and distribution facility was established in Indianapolis, Indiana to service the U.S. customer base.

1980

In the early 1980s an affiliate company was started that supplied Dundas Jafine, as well as other companies, with plastic molded components. Due to this, Dundas was able to expand their HVAC product offering to include plastic caps, as well as vinyl duct.

The distribution of metal products such as elbows and snap lock pipe as well as foil and aluminum ducts, further expanded the current HVAC line.

1985

David Jafine, the third generation of Jafines to join this family business, began working full time at Dundas Jafine. Later, David and his uncle Paul Jafine would go on to become owners of the current business.

1988

In 1988 the Canadian distribution and manufacturing facility was moved once again and the headquarters was finally established in its now current and much larger location on West Drive in Brampton, Ontario.

1990

As the U.S. business continued to grow, the manufacturing and distribution facility was relocated to Buffalo, NY. and then saw the final move to its current location in Alden, NY. After a few years of being at this location an expansion was added and the building was doubled in size to accommodate the growing demands of the U.S. customer base

The new blue/red/yellow Dundas Jafine logo was created and trademarked and still represents our current brand

Manufacturing of flexible insulated duct commenced in the early 90s. The product was distributed throughout North America.

1992

Company Handover

Paul Jafine and David Jafine purchased the company from the estate of Paul's brother, Bernie Jafine and David's father, Murray Jafine. Later, Paul would go on to manage the company's finance department while David would look after manufacturing, purchasing, sales, marketing and supply chain management.

1993

Dundas Jafine further expanded it's reach by purchasing the dryer venting division of Cole Sewell, a manufacturer of doors based out of the United States. The purchase included both manufacturing equipment and their current customer base

Company Purchase

1995

Company Purchase

In 1995 Dundas Jafine continued to grow once again by purchasing the dryer venting division of Oatey, a commercial and residential plumbing company. This purchase increased our ability to manufacturer with the addition of new equipment as well as an increased customer base.

2000

The growing customer base placed more pressure on Canadian manufacturing and an additional manufacturing and warehousing facility was opened on Bramalea Road in Brampton, Ontario.

2005

Dundas Jafine’s commitment to quality improvement, dryer safety and product innovation, eventually lead to the 2005 launch of new attractive, durable products with improved pest control options and easy accessibility to the dryer duct for regular cleaning and maintenance.

2008

The EzAccess exhaust hood came to market

EzAccess

2010

ProShield

The Proshield Exhaust Hood became part of the Dundas Jafine product family

2011

Dundas Jafine launched the All Metal Dryer Hook Up Kit with UL approved semi-rigid aluminum duct, exceeding all dryer manufacturer requirements for safe dryer venting.

2011 also saw the launch of the EzFix Replacement Cap & Gasket Kit - an easy solution for hard to replace exhaust caps.

2012

2012 saw the launch of new retail packaging. Installation style photography and the introduction of QR codes were incorporated onto all packaging.

Dundas Jafine's Recessed Dryer Box was launched.

The EzConnect Dryer Duct to Wall Connector was introduced to the market, providing a secure and stable connection of the dryer to the wall.

2015

The Soffit Dryer Vent made its debut in 2015, allowing for the dryer to be exhausted through the soffit panel, instead of traditional wall venting.

Soffit Dryer Vent

2015 also saw the welcome addition of a 4th generation of Jafines to the Dundas Jafine family, helping play an active role in the growth and development of current and future business

2016

Dryer Duct Lint Trap

The ProClean Dryer Duct Lint Trap was launched to act as a secondary lint trap for electric clothes dryers.