About JA, Our History

Johnson Abrasives, a New England business, since 1971.

The Johnson Abrasives Company was founded in 1971 by the late Robert M. Johnson. It was his conviction that all business alliances should emphasize fairness and integrity. He placed a high value on personal aspects of all his business associations. Robert Johnson was also the founding president of the Coated Abrasives Fabricators Association (CAFA).

It is with respect and admiration of his personal style that Johnson Abrasives continues to operate. His three sons, Court, Scott and Charles Johnson continued in the tradition of their father to operate Johnson Abrasives until late 2021, when the company was acquired by Virginia Abrasives, one of only five companies producing sandpaper abrasives in the United States. Our companies are totally focused on customer satisfaction by manufacturing, sourcing and converting high quality coated abrasive products from manufacturers around the world.