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S Jones Containers marks its centenary with record sales

Apr 21, 2015
Shipping container specialist S Jones Containers in Aldridge (West Midlands) is celebrating its centenary after a record year.

As a fourth generation, family owned business, the company has evolved into one of the UK’s leading experts in the sale, hire, conversion and storage of shipping containers to customers around the globe. 

Samuel ‘Sammy’ Jones started the business as a haulage contactor at the beginning of World War 1. He transported his first consignment by horse and cart – reportedly cases of crockery – from Aldridge railway station to the local manor house, and by 1920 he had acquired his first motor lorry. Over the next 25 years the company expanded into general haulage, operating a large fleet of tipper lorries throughout the UK. 

Then in the early 1970s the container revolution arrived in the UK, heralding a new era for the business. The company moved into container transport and established one of the main shipping container depots in the West Midlands, storing, repairing and maintaining thousands of shipping containers every year. 

Since then the company has gone from strength to strength, having diversified into other allied sectors of the shipping container business under the leadership of third generation Chairman Michael Jones and his son Andrew who is now managing director.

Today S Jones Containers is one of the country’s leading retailers, hirers and modifiers of shipping containers and self storage under its ‘U Can Store It’ brand.

“We’re completing some wonderfully diverse projects from housing pods for the homeless, to biomass boiler installations for ‘green’ heating solutions, to pop-up cafés and restaurants,” said Andrew Jones.  “A great example is the Wahaca Mexican restaurant on the Southbank, London where we supplied eight converted shipping containers.  There isn’t much we can’t do. In our centenary year, we are certainly a very different looking business to the days of my great-grandfather ‘Sammy’, but I’m sure he would be excited by our progress.”

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Picture:  Andrew Jones Managing Director & Michael Jones Chairman

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