Johnston’s was founded in 1937 in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The company was created by Carmen Johnston and initially offered custom slaughter services. During the first year of Johnston Packers, the company only had 2 employees, one who worked part-time and one who worked full-time.
After several years, Don Ball, Carmen Johnston’s nephew, purchased the company, thus keeping it a family-owned business. In 1968, Don Ball bought Henry’s Meat Market and relocated Johnston’s into that new location. By word-of-mouth, Johnston’s became known as a company that provided good-quality products and old-fashioned service. The customers who tried Johnston’s ended up satisfied with the products and service that they got and quickly spread word of their satisfaction to other customers.
Today, after 74 years, Johnston’s still continues to offer the same custom slaughter services for its customer base. Its headquarters are still in Chilliwack, where the business began more than 70 years ago. The company prides itself on being ready to embrace new challenges while at the same time continuing to provide the same high-quality products to its customers. One of the company’s goals is to become a household name throughout British Columbia.
Over the years, Johnston’s core values became largely responsible for the company’s success. Johnston’s ensures that all of its employees are taken care of and its animals and producers are fairly treated. This results to quality pork products that are served on a number of families’ tables in British Columbia. Aside from the good value and quality of Johnston’s products, customers are also well satisfied with the exceptional service that they receive from the company.
Johnston’s is also serious in its commitment to the community. As an important employer in British Columbia, Johnston’s strongly believes and supports local initiatives. As for its commitment to the environment, Johnston’s makes use of biodiesel to run all of its trucks. This biodiesel is supplied by 4Refuel Canada, a leading company in the area of fuel management. The biodiesel that Johnston’s uses helps eliminate a significant amount of pollution that would have been produced had the company decided to use only one kind of fuel source.
Headquarters: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Ownership Type: Private
Employees: More than a hundred
Demography: Foodservice operators