Palmer Johnson Power Systems: A Leader in the Marine Industry

Nov 22, 2022

The story of Palmer Johnson Power Systems is one of ongoing growth and awesome transformation. Before becoming a world-class distributor, Palmer Johnson’s origins can be traced back over 100 years starting in the boating industry as Sturgeon Bay Boat Works in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, which later became Palmer Johnson Yachts. In 1977, Palmer Johnson Distributors spun off to diversify the business and expanded into the distribution of transmissions in the off-highway industry with Twin Disc as the first of many product lines. Eventually renamed Palmer Johnson Power Systems, the company has continued to grow through additional product lines, territory expansions, and acquisitions while retaining the energy and momentum of a startup business, but with the industry knowledge and acumen of a company with a century-long history.

A key acquisition that brought Palmer Johnson into the Western US and Canada was the addition of Mill Log in early 2019. Founded in 1946, Mill Log has a rich history built on talented employees and a wealth of expertise in Twin Disc products, engineering, and service. “The acquisition of Mill Log positions Palmer Johnson as a dominant off-highway player in the Western United States and Canada, and a powerhouse in both the marine and oil & gas markets in North America,” says Craig Parsons, President of Palmer Johnson. Palmer Johnson’s capabilities essentially doubled in this market with the substantial force of qualified service technicians and inside sales knowledge gained as former Mill Log employees became part of the Palmer Johnson family. The addition of the Edmonton, Alberta, branch expanded Palmer Johnson’s support of the oil & gas market from Texas north to the Canadian oilfield. The addition of service centers in Sumner, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia solidified Palmer Johnson’s support of the West Coast marine market.

With over 45 years of experience in offering applications and service support to the marine industry, Palmer Johnson’s extensive product knowledge, inventory, and national service network can support any of your marine needs. Currently, the marine product lines include Twin Disc marine transmissions and parts, Hamilton Jet waterjet systems, Thordon Bearings, Jastram Engineering marine steering solutions, Auto Maskin, Glendinning Controls, Veth Propulsion, Arneson Surface Drives, Centa Couplings, Transfluid, and Eaton Airflex products. Through these product lines, the Palmer Johnson marine team can assist with any steering system, hybrid & electric propulsion, vessel monitoring, engine control, or marine transmission issue. The marine team is dedicated to providing the best possible experience to every customer and is proud to be one of the most trusted names in the marine industry.

“In the off-highway industry where minutes count and deadlines cost, our team delivers solutions driven by expertise, innovation, urgency, safety and steadfast manufacturer partnerships. Our customers should feel the passion in our people 24/7, in North America and beyond.” – Craig Parsons, CEO of Palmer Johnson