The JT Johnson & Sons story began in 1923 when company founder John Theodore Johnson established a small chaff mill plant in Stockport, South Australia.
In 1957 he re-located the plant to nearby Kapunda in the heart of one of the finest hay growing areas in Australia. With the aid of sons Max and Clyde, the business grew rapidly over the next twenty years and in 1976 the company built and commissioned it¹s first Pellet Production Mill.
In 1962 an oat milling facility was built. Oats were rolled, hulled, clipped and graded and were produced for domestic and export horse markets. This factory ceased operations in 1990.
The success of this operation led to the company making a major investment in 1985 by establishing a new and unique High Fibre Pellet Mill which was regarded to be one of the best in the world. Investment upgrades in technology has allowed JT Johnson & Sons to formulate specific rations to suit customer demands.
In 1987 the company diversified slightly as it entered the Export Hay markets in Japan, South East Asia and the Middle East. Strict quality control guide lines and the ability to move with demands from the market has seen continued growth over the past 25 years.
In 1995 JT Johnson & Sons entered in to a joint venture agreement with Japanese company Asahi Industries to form Johnson Asahi. The company has a hay processing plant in Horsham, Victoria that produces oaten hay, alfalfa hay and straw.
In 2005 JT Johnson & Sons purchased a new hay production plant from Canadian company Hunterwood Technologies. This plant produces 25kg 1/2 cut bales, 30-40kg regular bales, 450-500kg Mag bales as well as a Bedding Straw bale designed specifically for Johnsons.
In 2007, following the success of the new production plant in South Australia, Johnson Asahi also purchased a Hunterwood style machine for its site in Horsham. With the latest hay production technology in both South Australia and Victoria.
Production and sales volumes are now around 300,000 metric tonnes of pellets, hay and straw per year for the domestic, Asian and Middle Eastern fodder markets.
The company is currently under fourth generation management and remains 100% family owned.