Jack H. Eberhardt founded Jet Welding & Ornamental Iron Works in 1957 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Jack, originally from Stuttgart Germany, apprenticed at a specialized ornamental ironwork trade school in Germany where he received his Diploma. This specialized course is not offered to this day in Canada, and it is only through many hours after school that his son Ernie learned the trade. Holidays and summers were spent in the shop and it was a natural transition after graduating from high school, that Ernie started working fulltime in the shop.
Ernie now runs the business, but it’s not unusual to find Jack in the back “checking” on current projects and offering some help. Over the course of 57 years the company has worked on a wide variety of notable projects including the restoration of iron work at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Wolseley Barracks in London, ON for the Department of Defense, along with extensive work at the Manitoba Legislature building in Winnipeg.
With a wide range of skills Jet Welding not only completes restoration projects, they’ve also fabricated railings for the suite of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, stairwells at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and ironwork at the Thunder Bay waterfront. However, they also complete many residential projects, including hand-forged chandeliers for home on an island on Lake of the Woods. Their work leaves a lasting legacy, whether it be restoring the old or designing work that will last many lifetimes.