Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Global Project Brings in Big Business for Family Firm

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Global Project Brings in Big Business for Family Firm

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Byline: Kelley Price Business Reporter

A TEESSIDE-based freight forwarder is targeting more big business on the back of a mammoth international project that spanned three continents.

Family-run Johnson Partners, based at Middlesbrough's Riverside Park, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year alongside the completion of its biggest assignment - sending two generators worth PS2.5m each weighing 60 tonnes, to China.

The firm was contracted by heavy equipment dealer Finning to handle and ship the generators, a project which involved it bringing in specialist containers from Europe and engines sourced in the US for final assembly in the West Midlands, before sending them to China via Felixstowe.

Managing director Bernie Johnson 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 10 years for co-ordinating projects and handling heavy, complex loads."

The business began life in 2004 with a team of two, and now has eight employees to oversee road, sea and airfreight services to a growing client list.

It's assembled an impressive portfolio of industrial clients including MPI Offshore, LB Foster, Hird Rail and Darchem Engineering for whom they handle high value and sometimes awkward cargo.

Recent high profile contracts include the build of two MPI vessels in China, a hydro power station in Madagascar, rail shipments from the USA to Australia and the firm also has a longstanding relationship with world-renowned Middlesbrough born artist Mackenzie Thorpe for shipments around the world.

The firm saw tough times in the recession but the MPI project, completed in 2010, helped it weather the stormy waters and it remains a key client. …

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