Johnson Partners targets more big business after celebrating 10th Anniversary

Johnson Partners, the Teesside based freight and project forwarder, has celebrated its 10th anniversary by completing one of its biggest international assignments to date, spread over three continents.

The contract involved handling and shipping two generators, each weighing 60 tonnes, and required bringing in specialist containers from Europe and engines that had been sourced in the USA for final assembly in the West Midlands, before shipping to China via Felixstowe.

Bernie Johnson, Managing Director of Johnson Partners, said: “This was the second shipment we have undertaken for the client on this scale and our selection is testament to the reputation that we have built up over the last ten years for coordinating projects and handling heavy, complex loads.”

Johnson Partners has assembled an impressive portfolio of industrial clients including MPI Offshore, LB Foster, Hird Rail and Darchem Engineering for whom they handle high value, sometimes awkward and out of gauge cargo.

Reflecting on the last 10 years, Bernie added: “Like a lot of businesses, we were hit quite hard by the most recent recession, but it did allow us to focus on what we do best – moving out of gauge cargo. Working with project managers we ensure that shipping is in their plans at the earliest opportunity and this avoids any unnecessary disruption or additional costs later down the line.”

Looking to the future, Bernie is handing over the day-to-day running of operations to his son Paul, who was recruited into the family business in its second year of operations. Together, they have grown the business by 50% over the last three years, establishing an international network of agents and providing a door to door service globally.

Paul Johnson, Director at Johnson Partners, added: “We know our market better than ever and are committed to providing something different over our larger competitors. By looking after all their shipping and forwarding requirements, we allow clients to focus on their core business. UK exports and manufacturing output are both predicted to continue to grow and with our reputation established oversees we’re well placed to grow big business.”