The story of Balsa USA began quite some time ago. In 1946 Paul Shultz started a small company in Menominee, Michigan which he called Joy Products. Among stamped gaskets and other small manufactured metal parts he also produced some 1/2A control line models and started selling balsa wood mail order. In 1968 Ron Busch purchased Joy Products and renamed it Balsa USA. Since that time they have dispensed with making any stamped metal parts and concentrated on selling R/C model kits, balsa, aircraft grade plywood, and other specialty woods primarily related to the hobby industry.