Jack Badash entered the Gift Industry as a shipping clerk in 1936. Nine years later, after moving up the ranks and gaining invaluable experience and knowledge, he formed ‘Javit Badash Inc.’, the predecessor to Badash Crystal. Jack started Javit Badash Inc. with his immigrant shoemaker father's life saving of $1,800. Badash became known among buyers for his American made hand-cut and machine-cut tumblers, stemware, gifts, and vases. The business grew slowly but steadily over the next 35 years. Jack was a creative product developer and a dynamic salesman. He developed many close relationships with customers, suppliers, and sales reps alike. The firm owned and operated cutting shops in Cumberland, Md., and Jane Lew, WV. In its heyday, Javit was the largest U.S. firm producing hand-cut and machine cut glassware.