about us

Our success and that of Huddersfield’s heritage in the fine Worsted industry are interwoven. Unmatched craft skills, and expertise have been handed down through four generations of master fabric finishers, from WT who started the company in 1910 to Paul and Dan, plus a skilled local workforce who today are seeing the business lead the world in the craft of fine fabric finishing.

heritage
location
workforce
production
environmental values

heritage

Craftsmanship and creativity, using traditional machinery and modern thinking.

craftsmanship & creativity
craftsmanship & creativity
traditional machinery
traditional machinery

Our success and that of Huddersfield’s heritage in the fine Worsted industry are interwoven. Unmatched craft skills and expertise handed down through four generations of master fabric finishers, from WT who started the company in 1910 to Paul and Dan. Bankfield Mills, its original home since 1910, has access to soft Pennine water, a key element in the production of fine fabrics for over 100 years. Please download our brochure.

bankfield mills
bankfield mills

Walter Thomas
Walter Thomas
Walter Marshall
Walter Marshall
Frank Johnson
Frank Johnson
Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson
David Johnson
David Johnson
Peter Johnson
Peter Johnson
Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

location

Pure, soft, pennine water, perfect for wet processing.

pennine water
pennine water
pure, soft water
pure, soft water

Textile manufacturers have been attracted to the Huddersfield area for over 700 years, creating a centre of excellence for wool processing. Pennine water filters through the local grit stone and shale, making it pure and soft – perfect for washing and scouring wool and ideal for the delicate processes that provide the finishing touches to the world’s finest wool and worsted cloth. In the 1930s we drilled our own bore hole to access this element which is fundamental to our processes.

pennine hills
pennine hills

workforce

Highly skilled craftspeople help us achieve our world leader status.

staff training
staff training

We employ 90 skilled finishers for whom textiles is a way of life. Our policy of continued investment in training and our perfectionist attitude, ensures that we will have the next generation of highly skilled craftsmen and women helping us maintain our position as one of the world's leading textile finishers.


craftsman
craftsman
customer service
customer service
quality
quality

production

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower" Steve Jobs

jet scourer
jet scourer
ekofast
ekofast

WT Johnson is a company with an enviable track record of investment and innovation. Our founding directors understood that the secret of continued success was the reinvestment and the ability to continually improve – this is still as relevant today.

beautifully unique
beautifully unique

environmental values

Committed to maintaining the highest environmental standards in every sense.

Ever since Walter Thomas Johnson opened his specialist finishing company in 1910 having respect for the environment has been second nature to everyone at W.T Johnson & Sons. We are now proud to be ISO 14001 certified and continue to be committed to maintaining the highest environmental standards in every sense.


environmental values
environmental values

To read about the procedures we put in place to ensure we take care of raw materials, water, energy and waste in the most efficient way possibe, download our Environmental Overview.