History

HISTORY OF JOHNSON COMPANIES

1926-2016 Johnson & Towers early years

1926

Our start was retailing marine engines and yachting equipment.

 

1938

J&T was appointed by GM as the third US Distributor.

1940

Appointed Chrysler Marine.

1967

Old faithful was born.  The JT6-71 rated 265 HP @ 2300 RPM.

1972

JT6-71 rated 310 HP @ 2500 RPM.

1976

Marine pleasure craft business explodes, we opened distribution headquarters and introduced the 6-71TI 410 HP.

1978

First marine heat exchanger to be certified by the Marine Institute  of National Assoc. of Engine & Boat Manufacturing.

1980’s

J&T expands with original product designs. Built over 200 engines/month for pleasure craft; 8.2 through 16V92 rated 1400 HP. Our operation included online Q&A development engineering, complete dyno testing of every engine built, dealer support in the US and abroad.

1989

Last year J&T built own product line. Over our total production time, we built in excess of:

  • Over 12,000 6-71’s
  • 1,500 8.2’s
  • 3,000 8V92’s

1990

Walter F. Johnson, III becomes President with David P. Johnson as Chief Financial Officer.

2004

Awarded most improved Gen Set Sales Distributer by MTU

2002

Awarded best overall distributor by MTU

2009

David Johnson becomes President and Tom Hogan is CFO

2013

– JT and subsidiaries hit an all time sales revenue high of $90,000,000

– JT awarded Western Star Truck Dealership

– JT awarded Volvo Penta Marine PowerCenter status

2016

– JT family of companies acquires Dovell & Williams Isuzu Truck Dealership

– JT has best sales revenue year in company history of $127,000,000