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.
Craftsmanship and creativity, using traditional machinery and modern thinking.
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.
Pure, soft, pennine water, perfect for wet processing.
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.
Highly skilled craftspeople help us achieve our world leader status.
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.
"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower" Steve Jobs
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.
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.
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.