FRESNO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 9, 2011) - JTS (Johanson Transportation Service), a leading third-party supply chain solutions provider, is celebrating their 40th year in business today.

In July of 1971 founder Richard Johanson left the security of the California Trucking Exchange where he began his brokerage career in 1953. He left because of disagreements with the owner over business practices, and, despite having very little means, he believed he could begin a truck brokerage company based upon ethical principles and standards.

Anchoring the foundation of the company were four founding principles: Experience, Integrity, Gratitude, and Respect. Within months it was apparent the company would survive, and Richard hosted his first Thanksgiving Party in November of 1971 to show his gratitude to his clients. The appreciation party has been held every year since then in Fresno, California -- the city in which JTS' corporate headquarters are located.

Since its inception, JTS has grown tremendously. Richard's son, Larry Johanson, started with JTS in 1972 and by 1975 was appointed to start the company's Perishable division, expanding the company's freight base from dry food commodities into fresh produce and food products. When Richard retired in 1989, Larry took the reins as President.

The Motor Carrier Act of 1980 deregulated the trucking industry and brokers were allowed to obtain authority. JTS acquired its property broker's authority in July 1982 which allowed JTS to contract non-exempt regulated freight. Since then JTS has continuously expanded its solutions and launched a new Logistics division in 2002, a Dairy division in 2005, an International division in 2006, a Rail/Intermodal division in 2008 and the Logistics division added Temperature-controlled LTL solutions in 2009. JTS has also focused on state-of-the-art technology systems to set them apart in the industry, including JTS Interactive Services and most recently a Transportation Management System.

CEO/President Larry Johanson states, "My dad and I talk about how far we have come, all the services we now provide, our outstanding staff, and what lies in store down the road. I'm so proud of our company, especially because we have not compromised or changed our founding principles along this journey in order to enhance our profits. Had my father not taken a 'leap of faith,' believed so strongly in his principles to guide this company to start JTS, I wonder what we all would be doing. From me and all of us at JTS, we owe a huge amount of gratitude to our founder, Richard Johanson, as well as to the wonderful customers we serve."

About JTS (Johanson Transportation Service)

JTS is a third-party logistics provider, an NVOCC, and licensed ocean freight forwarder helping companies manage their supply chain with Justified Timely Solutions® that exceed their unique business challenges. Providing unmatched service at a fair price, JTS offers customized freight solutions including: dry and temperature-controlled TL, LTL, ocean and air; rail/intermodal; and comprehensive importing/exporting solutions with one point of contact. JTS adds value with logistics management, consulting and state-of-the-art technology systems with real-time online tools to facilitate seamless supply-chain communications for its customers. JTS is headquartered in Fresno, CA and has six regional offices in North America: Sacramento, CA; Portland, OR; Salem, OR; Denville, NJ; Madison, WI, Orange Park, FL.

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Larry Johanson, left and Richard Johanson, right

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