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About Turners - History
1930 Turners established by two brothers, Wallace and Frank Turner with one vehicle.
1947 Incorporated as Turners (Soham) Ltd.
1952 Business moved from Soham to larger premises in Fordham following the purchase of the site from BRS.
1958 Office opened in Norwich with a depot providing 14,000 sq ft of warehouse space being leased in Salhouse.
1961 Turners commenced operation of their first refrigerated vehicle.
1967 Opening of new Norwich depot on the St. Faiths Industrial Estate to accommodate parking and workshop facilities for the steady expansion that had taken place.
1968 Felixstowe depot established for the nationwide operation of containers and TIR trailers.
1972 Turners first involved with bulk tankers after winning contract with British Sugar to supply vehicles and trailers to deliver sugar in bulk.
1985 Turners purchased Mayhew Freight Limited who were involved in the haulage of P.F.A. with plans to expand the powder tanker fleet carrying a range of other commodities such as cement, sand and lime.
Late 80s Frank Turner left the business, but Wallace continued to expand it.
1990 Key decisions made on future direction of business:

- To become a National Company.
- Develop and expand the two core divisions - Refrigerated Transport and
  Tanker Operations.
- Build and develop new facilities for Temperature controlled storage.

The existing foundation to build upon in 1990 consisted of 4 depots : Fordham, Norwich, Felixstowe and Hitchin. Turners operated a total fleet of 180 vehicles of which 135 were based in East Anglia. A total of 280 staff were employed at this time.

1991 John Dee Yorkshire acquired in April picking up £2m of prime distribution contracts, one with brewing giant Tetley. Turners wanted a foothold in the North and planned to move the Rothwell operation to a larger site at Allerton Bywater, Castleford.
1993 Operations commenced at the new Head Office site at Newmarket. The business operations were now being controlled by Wallace Turners Grandson, Paul Day.
1994 J Sainsbury Provisions Consolidation commenced at Newmarket.
1995 Tesco Meat & Poultry Consolidation commenced at Newmarket.
J Sainsbury Fresh Produce Consolidation commenced at Newmarket.
1996 Turners purchased Hargrave International, a major business in Spalding Lincolnshire and a thriving business in central Scotland.
Acquisition of Lowe (Paddock Wood) adding a small fleet of 20 vehicles and a strategically important site in Kent for produce.
1997 Awarded Tesco Fresh Produce Consolidation. Tanker division commenced contract for Milk Collections direct from farms.
Purchased Fruitex in Donington, Lincolnshire to further enhance fresh produce distribution to wholesale markets.
2000 Awarded contract by Blue Circle (now Lafarge) for Nationwide delivery of cement products both bag and bulk.
Institute of Transport Management, Transport Company of the Year.
2001 ASDA Fresh Produce Consolidation commenced. Turners PPL fruit grading and packing company established on site at Newmarket.
2002 ASDA Nationwide Fresh Produce Consolidation commenced.
2003 Costco Nationwide Secondary Distribution commenced.
2004 Sainsbury's Nationwide Fresh Produce Consolidation commenced.
2006 Commenced Fuel Supply Solutions in January with 6 trucks operating on a spot hire basis. (Now 55 trucks in 2010)
2007 Awarded Cadbury's Natiowide Distribution.
Acquired bulk powder specialist CRW, a company operating within the building materials industry.
Awarded contract for fuel deliveries on behalf of TOTAL.
Operation commenced for fuel deliveries on behalf of Greenergy.
2008 Motor Transport Awards Haulier of the Year. Motor Transport Partnership Award in conjunction with British Sugar.
Purchased Cumbrian bulk powder specialist Sam Ostle & Sons.
2010 Commenced Nationwide fuel supply to Saisnbury's forecourts with Greenergy.
Purchased Dart Distribution, a container haulier with 43 vehicles and depots in Felixstowe, Birmingham, Daventry, Leeds and Teesport.

Now operating 1000 vehicles, 1400 trailers and 2000 employees. We have come a long way since that first vehicle in 1930.

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