Lala Kamlapat agglomerated all activities of the Singhania family under the umbrella of this organisation – nomenclature by grouping his father, Juggilal’s initiatives with his own. He is the person largely credited with laying the foundation for the mammoth Group, which has today reached stupendous heights of excellence.
Lala Kamlapat Singhania (1884-1937) was one such person, who catalyzed a tidal wave of industrial innovation and social engineering in the pre-independence era. And the focal point of all his energies was the city of Kanpur. To this day, the legacy of Lala Kamlapat Singhania lives on in the business endeavors and social initiatives of J K Organization that he founded. Between 1921 and 1934, he went on a new businesses and factory setting spree. These new institutions became the foundation of the J.K. Organisation as we know it. He set up many business ventures viz. JK Cotton Spinning & Weaving Mills (1921), Kamla Ice Factory (1921), JK Oil Mills (1924), JK Hosiery Factory (1929), JK Jute Mills (1931), M.P. Sugar Mills (1932), JK Cotton Manufacturers Ltd. (1933) & JK Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. (1934) etc. Lala Kamlapat grew up an atmosphere rich with a nationalist flavour. He was, therefore, deeply influenced by the Swadeshi movement of Shri Madan Mohan Malviya and the radical thoughts of Lokmanya Gangadhar Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi and Motilal Nehru. Indeed, a perfect visionary, business leader, social engineer, nationalist, philanthropist, all this was simply Lala Kamlapat Singhania and much more.
The sons of Lala Kamlapat Singhania inherited much more than his wealth. They inherited his business acumen and the ability to look into the future and plan accordingly. Lala Kamlapat expired in 1937, leaving his growing business empire in the capable hands of his sons – Lala Padampat, Lala Kailashpat and Lala Lakshmipat. While the foundations of the flourishing business were laid by Lala Kamalapat, it was Lala Padampat and his two younger brothers who expanded and built an imposing edifice on it. Lala Padampat (1905-1979) was knighted by the British Monarch in 1943 and since then he was known as “Sir Saheb”. Sir Padampat had served as Lala Kamlapat’s right hand. He joined the business at 10, an age when other boys were still learning basic math and playing marbles. By the time he turned 16, he started handling major responsibilities including the establishment of J K Cotton Spinning & Weaving Mills Co. Ltd.
The original JK Organisation Logo of “Hand and Hammer” – a symbol of progress and strength that denotes an active and busy wheel with 24 spokes is still in use, making it one of the very few corporate trademarks to remain unchanged for almost more than 70 years.
The JK Organisation diversified into aluminum products, industrial chemicals, jute, plastic, paints, sugar, oil & soap, nylon, paper, rayon, polyester, acrylic, woolens, garments, electronics, cement, steel belted radial tyres, cosmetics and several other product categories, besides banking, insurance and the shipping businesses.
JK Organisation is amongst the top industrial houses of the country.
JK Organisation from the very beginning has been instrumental in the set up and management of many different educational institutes ranging from schools, colleges, institutes of specialized education and research. All institutions under the JK Organisation approach education as a means to fully develop the latent potential in every student at four levels – the intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual.
The Government of India has recognized Lala Kamlapat Singhania, Sir Padampat Singhania and Lala Lakshmipat Singhania by issuing commemorative postage stamps in their everlasting memory. Mr. Govind Hari Singhania was one of the architects of the leading business conglomerate. His main interests were in the field of promoting management and educational research, religious values and providing better linkages for fine arts, culture, music and sports.