Juzo History

Giving People the Freedom to Move for More Than 100 Years

Juzo is more than 100 years old, but we like to think of ourselves as being 100 years young. We’ve accomplished quite a bit during the past 10 decades, including many industry “firsts” like switching from woven to knitted fabrics, adding silver fibers to our garments and incorporating computer technology into our production processes.

We have interesting story to tell and are proud to have led the industry in product innovation and customer satisfaction: from our very first factory in 1912 to our U.S. expansion to developing latex-free fabrics to installing a wind turbine and solar panels as part of our green initiative.

“Continuous support from our employees, dealers and medical partners has helped a great deal to make our company successful—without them, there is no company. We’ve earned their trust and support through our product expertise and quality craftsmanship. It’s about attention to detail. If a stocking sits in a drawer because it’s not comfortable to wear, it’s not going to help anyone.” Annerose Zorn, CEO of Juzo

The Juzo Timeline

1912 - 1919

1912 - 1919

  • Julius Zorn begins, in 1912, as the compression stocking factory, “Funk and Viertel,” founded in Zeulenroda, East Germany, the "stocking capital" of the world.
  • In 1919 Julius Zorn expanded production with a new technique: knitting the stockings instead of weaving them.


  • Julius Zorn Jr., stepped into his father's footsteps and guided the company to further success.
  • The Zorn family business grew and with it, its reliance on the active support of motivated workers, proud to stand beside the Zorn family.


  • Julius Zorn began distributing products throughout the world.
  • In those days, mail was collected in small hay-wagons before being sent out.


  • During World War II, the Zorn family was forced to shut down its manufacturing facilities in East Germany.
  • In 1948 Hans-Julius Zorn, together with his wife Rosemarie, founded the new company as "Juzo®" in the Bavarian town of Aichach, Germany.
  • Required to wear a medical back brace his entire life, Hans knew the importance of patient comfort, product quality and therapeutic effectiveness.


  • The company had grown to more than 40 people on its staff.
  • The Zorn's put their ideas to practice and created their own underwear line.
  • "Juzo-Olymp" was a well known name during those days.


  • Juzo was the first compression therapy company to make latex-free garments.
  • Synthetic, non-rubber compression fibers are resistant to lotions, ointments, sunlight and heat, allowing garments to be machine washed and dried.


  • Hans-Julius Zorn looks to get a foothold in the American market.
  • Property was purchased in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
  • "Juzo" became incorporated.
  • Company stays on the cutting edge by implementing the use of computers known as "EDP".


  • Juzo expanded from Europe into the American Market and founded JuzoUSA, Inc. in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
  • In 1988, Annerose Zorn, daughter of Hans-Julius Zorn, took over the management functions of JuzoUSA.
  • JuzoUSA begins manufacturing compression garments for vascular and lymphedema needs in the United States.


  • During the 1990's Juzo implemented new technologies which increased efficiency and afforded Juzo many new possibilities.
  • Juzo starts educating healthcare professionals on the benefits of compression therapy through it Juzo Academy courses.


  • In 2000, Juzo built a new FiberSoft technology facility in Aichach Germany.
  • Juzo founded the Juzo Academy, North America, that offers national workshops and CEUs for dealers and medical professionals.
  • In 2004, Juzo became the first to knit high content silver into medical graduated compression garments
  • On August 15th, 2005, Juzo USA, celebrated 25 years of manufacturing compression therapy garments.

Present Day

  • In 2010, Juzo uses fashionable colors and develops the Juzo Seasonal Colors concept.
  • Juzo installs a wind turbine and solar panels as part of its green initiative in 2011.
  • In 2012, Juzo celebrated its 100 year anniversary.
  • 2015 brought the production of Juzo Compression Wraps, an inelastic compression garment.
  • Also in 2015, Juzo developed their Juzo Print Series, compression therapy garments featuring select patterns and designs.
  • In 2017 Juzo expanded its production and logistic center for shipping, finishing and warehousing.
  • Juzo broadened its product line to include solutions to manage Lymphedema during each phase of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) management.

Julius Zorn, Inc.
P.O. Box 1088, 3690 Zorn Drive
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Call: 1-888-255-1300

Juzo Canada, Ltd.
1100 Burloak Dr., Ste. 300
Burlington, ON L7L 6B2
Call: 1-888-255-1300