J & W was started in 1987 by the Jim Johnson family, with three trucks, a hog, a piler, a mortgage on our home, a ten thousand dollar loan and lots of determination. We went to work for Western Idaho Potato Processing Inc. in Nampa, ID, owned by Charlie Marshall & family out of Jerome, ID. We were loading and hauling seven to nine loads a day.
We purchased a new Star trailer in 1987 and then in 1988 a new Volvo and another new Star trailer. We were also able to purchase a bigger piler which we were in desperate need of to load trucks. All three of our boys started out as drivers Wayde in 1987, Jamie in 1988, Gary in 1989. They all three loaded and piled potatoes and learned every aspect of the trucking industry.
In 1992 we moved out on Grandpa Royal's acreage and built our shop with the help of a Small Business Loan. Wayde stopped driving and took over the shop at this time. We got our license to buy and sell in 1995. In 1998 Jamie took over the dispatching. Gary was doing most of the loading & piling. Jim was always around to help move equipment.
Jim semi-retired in 2004. He had his sons taking care of business, but you could still ask him "what was our income today?" and get an almost exact figure.
We are very grateful for the opportunities we have been given and to everyone who has helped us along the way. The Lord has blessed us greatly since 1987 and He continues