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Brief history of U Can Store It by Michael Jones

The beginning of S Jones Containers and U Can Store It

Shipping Container History, Steel Container History, Shipping History

In 1914 my Grandfather, Samuel 'Sammy' Jones became a Haulage Contractor in Aldridge, just north of Birmingham and transported his first consignment, reputedly cases of crockery, from Aldridge railway station by horse and cart to the local ‘Manor House’. By 1920 he had acquired his first motor lorry, a Thornycroft, and by 1936 was operating 2 lorries.

Expansion that led to U Can Store It Self Storage

His Son, my Father Edward Jones, took over the business in 1936; he formed S Jones (Aldridge) Ltd, and over the course of the next 25 years built up a large fleet of tipper lorries operating throughout the UK which later diversified into general haulage. During this time the business moved from central Aldridge to its present location in Anglian Road, Aldridge.

I joined the family business in 1962, and under my fathers' leadership we progressed the business. We became Main Distributors for ERF Trucks and operated the first HGV driver training school in the country. The container revolution commenced in the UK around 1970 and our general haulage fleet developed into container transport; this led us to become one of the largest Shipping Container Depots in the Midlands storing, repairing and maintaining many thousands of shipping containers every year, an activity which continues to the present time. For a time we also operated a freight forwarding and consolidation business. We set up what became a major International road tanker fleet and transported hazardous bulk liquids throughout Europe.

In 1976 we opened a container depot and transport company in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; after operating under our control for 22 years this was sold to a Saudi owned company in 1998. My Son Andrew Jones’s first position in our family business was with Trans Arabia in Jeddah.

Since 1999 the original Shipping Container Depot business, S Jones Containers Ltd, has expanded into other allied fields; we are now one of the country’s leading Retailers and Hirers of Shipping Containers; our Container Conversion business offers specialist container modifications for varied uses and our self storage business U Can Store It Self Storage, which was established in 2000, has extensive facilities at Aldridge and West Bromwich.

100 years of operation

In 2016, the Management Board of the Company consists of me as Chairman of the Company, Andrew Jones, Managing Director and Jill Buckland, Director and Company Secretary looks after finance and administration.

Following its’ 100th year of trading the ‘Sammy Jones’ family business continues to flourish. We continue to exceed our customer’s expectations for service and cost. 

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