In 1994 Ben Jenson, then from Minnesota, approached Dr. Johan Gervais, at the time the Director of the Innovative Business Accelerator (IBA) in Round Rock, Texas, to bring his patented invention to market. Originally called the “Water Weeder”, the name of this unique electrical boat-mounted underwater weed cutter was soon changed to the “Jenson Lake Mower”.
In 1996 the design was modified to offer a standard drive shaft of 4′ and optional shaft extenders of either 2′ or 4′ to cut deeper, and the business was moved to the current San Marcos, Texas location. By then, Johan had closed IBA and chosen to operate Jenson Technologies as a home-based business with his wife, Annamarie, and children. Unbeknownst to Johan, he had put in place the vehicle which would support his family after his death in 1998 at the age of 42.
In 1999 a stronger motor option was added to cut through tougher weeds. Because of the popularity of the HD5000, the smaller motor–the RG2500–was discontinued. (Maintenance on the RG2500 is still offered.) By 2007 the addition of the boat-mounted Jenson Rake™ completed the current line of products. In the near future, new developments by enthusiastic customers promise to be incorporated.
Annamarie and her children thank God, Who has sustained the business through the years, as well as the many individuals who have played a part at different times to contribute to the ongoing success of the Jenson Lake Mower™ line of products.