About CoJo Mfg.LLC
CoJo was started in March of 2013 with an idea of how to make a Duck blind safer. This concept stems back to the Family's Patriarch, George B. Franklin Jr. My father carried his three sons hunting, from the time we were big enough to go. We were raised around guns and educated about gun safety at a very young age. He stated every time a gun was involved, "SAFETY FIRST". Every gun was treated like it was loaded and most were! I have raised my two children with the same principles and both of them are avid hunters.
Family Business in Gun Safety
The company name, CoJo comes from my two children's names. My son Colton Franklin is the President, my daughter Joanna Franklin is acting Vice-President, and I am the general manager of the company. Colton is a senior in college at Louisiana Tech University majoring in Architecture. I envisioned the idea of our product but my son put it to pen and paper. He designed its unique shape, 120 degree opposing angles, and added amenities such as: grips placed on the facet to hold firearms in certain positions, raised grommeted mounting holes to use screws for surface mounting, and belt loops for strapping or belting.
Through his education and the use of a computer program, he generated a 3-D rendering which produced our first prototype using 3-D printing. We carried it to our family friend and neighbor, Phil Robertson to get his opinion and expertise. He stated "You boys really got something here, this product will save lives!, it's simple, it's inexpensive, it's easy to mount, and it works. I want them and so will everyone else." The CoJo Gun Magnet was born, they were tried and tested in the field, and then the manufacturing, packaging, graphics, web design, and social media became our lives. My daughter Joanna has played a big part in the graphics, web design, and social media. This is a true, from concept to reality, family dream.