History and Values

Founded in 1955 by Joseph L. Souser
JLS has a legacy of successful implementation of advanced motion control technology in many industrial applications that require precision and reliability. Our introduction to the world of packaging automation dates back to 1993, when we were contracted by food processors to retrofit and upgrade their existing automation machines and systems.


JLS Automation started in 1955 as JL Souser, a manufacturers’ representative firm that handled power transmission equipment. When founder Joseph L. Souser passed in 1978, his wife Polly incorporated the business as J.L Souser & Associates, Inc. (JLS). Shortly after, Joe and Polly’s son Craig Souser started leading sales, and expanded the product range to include variable frequency drives and started providing application engineering assistance.


In 1991, JLS provided systems engineering and shortly after turnkey engineered systems for a few of its key customers, which led to a field service offering to support its engineered systems. JLS entered the packaging automation segment in 1993, when food processors contacted JLS to retrofit and upgrade their existing automation machines and systems.

Today, JLS Automation supplies simple, easy-to-use hygienic robotic packaging solutions that optimize performance for the food industry. Designed for sanitary environments, JLS custom vision-guided primary and secondary robotic packaging systems are user-friendly, easy to operate, fast to start-up, and ensure both worker and food safety. The company’s proprietary robotic tooling and high-speed leak detection systems have been awarded several patents. To this day, JLS continues to pride itself on offering unrivaled partnership and aftermarket support to its customers.

1950s, 60s

JLS is celebrating 65 years and an earned reputation of quality and innovation. Watch President Craig Souser discuss the early days.


The 70s was a decade of major change for the world, the U.S. and JLS. Watch President Craig Souser discuss the company’s move into electronic controls and advanced technology.


JLS is stepping back to the 80s, a decade where technology changed the company forever. Watch President Craig Souser reflect on the evolution from component supplier to a complete systems integrator.


JLS rapidly grew in the 90s. Watch President Craig Souser as he reflects on launching robotics alongside the likes of iMacs, eBay and Y2K.

Early 2000s

The early 2000s was a decade of dramatic change for JLS. Watch President Craig Souser discuss the company’s shift to robotic applications for the food industry.


JLS Today

Dedication to hygienic design is the theme for modern day JLS, including the introduction of Osprey® case packers. Watch President Craig Souser discuss the company’s focus on robotic applications for the food industry.



The most important asset of JLS is our people. We help our employees realize their dreams by providing for balanced living and supporting personal development. We value loyalty and strive to grow our organization from within.


Our decisions are based on our knowledge of the facts and our commitment to do the right thing. We live by our commitments. The ultimate measurement of our integrity is our reputation.


We honor our customers', principal's, and associates' need for confidentiality. We value long term relationships based on mutual respect and belief in shared success.


We all are personally accountable for our corporate performance. We act as owners, striving for continuous improvement of our business processes and personal effectiveness.


Each of us will serve others with an attitude of humility, working toward common goals.

Passion for Winning

We aggressively pursue our mission to be the best at what we do, adhering to our core values and principles. Our work ethic compels us to do whatever it takes to achieve the desired results.