Linda Grow was very fortunate to be involved with the distribution of welding, safety; maintenance, repair & operations (MRO) and tools for much of her life, and this experience led her to see a gap in the industry that could be filled. To find success in the tools distribution industry, explains Linda, a business owner must understand the demand placed on facility maintenance and construction projects, especially those issued by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) and Dept. of Defense (DOD). She felt the industry needed the fresh perspective of a Women/Minority/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (WBE/MBE/DBE). As a result, in 2004, Linda began JETA Corporation, a Wisconsin-based, Native American/Woman-owned company that supplies tools to the energy, construction and industrial markets.
Linda Grow, Owner and CEO of JETA Corporation, was recently featured in an article “From Rags to Riches, Sault Tribe Member Became the Owner of a Multi-Million Dollar Company” by Brenda Austin.
This story first appeared in Win Awenen Nisitotung, the official the newspaper for the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. After its initial publication, the website Native Strength reposted this story on their website.
“From Rags to Riches,” outlines Mrs. Grow’s upbringing in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; the development of JETA Corporation; JETA Corporation’s current outlook; and Mrs. Grow’s vision for the company in the future.
We invite you to read the article and learn more about JETA Corporation’s foundation. For your reading pleasure, we have posted a copy of the story below. You may also read the story by following the link to the story on the Native Strength website, or clicking here for a PDF version.
Linda Grow was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and grew up in the west end of the city, graduating from Sault Area High School in 1962. She is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and remembers as a young adult how poverty-stricken other Native families were during the ’70s and on into the ’80s.