Jack Benson and his brother Bob went to work as welders for Ravens Metal which at the time was in the old Parkersburg Lumber. While they were working at Ravens they opened a two-stall garage in Larkmead doing welding repairs. Business continued to grow at Larkmead and there was a need for a larger building in 1961.

In 1966 more room was needed so the brothers bought a 55 acre farm where they intended to build the plant. Three phase power was not available at this location so Jack had his eyes on a 4 acre piece of land in Mineral Wells where the plant was built in 1973. The business was sold in 1985 and the brothers returned to their original location at Larkmead where they designed and made pallets for AGA Gas.

The Bensons were under agreement not to get into the truck body business for 5 years but they became a subcontractor for Benson International making truck bodies for their former company. In 1990 they formed J&B Truck Bodies and Trailers. That company sold on Jacks birthday in 1997. Jack and his son, Danny, began working on their new company, JDB in Washington, which went into business in January 1999.

Danny has been involved in this type of business since the early 70's from sweeping the floors to welding bodies and frames of massive truck bodies. Jack passed in December 2005 leaving Danny to follow in his footsteps. Danny continues to work at the Washington plant where the "Original Benson" legend lives on.