Niss-Oskar Jonsson founded Jofa in 1926. It can be considered an offspring of the hide industry in Malung; the company's first products were made out of leftovers from the hide industry, and the first factory was located in an old tannery.
The first step towards their most successful product was taken in 1963, when they started making hockey helmets. They have also manufactured other ice hockey equipment, such as ice skates and hockey sticks. Known NHL players using Jofa helmets include such stars as Wayne Gretzky, Jaromír Jágr, Mario Lemieux, Marty McSorley, Claude Lemieux, Mats Sundin, Mats Näslund, Peter Forsberg and Teemu Selänne.
Despite not producing hockey equipment since the 2004 Reebok buyout, Teemu Selänne is the only player in the NHL that currently wears a Jofa helmet: a Jofa 366 with the Jofa logo blacked-out due to an expired licensing agreement with the NHL.
Niss-Oskar Jonsson, the founder of Jofa, died in 2002 at the age of 92 years.