PJ History : 1977 - Present

 Palmer Johnson, the man

PALMER JOHNSON POWER SYSTEMS spun off from superyacht builder Palmer Johnson Yachts in 1977 (originally "Sturgeon Bay Boat Works"). The new business began with branches in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois, primarily distributing Twin Disc marine product.

Palmer Johnson rapidly entered new markets including construction, oil & gas, steel, forestry and mining.  A blend of acquisitions and startups led to new branches in St. Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Dallas. In 2002, Palmer Johnson acquired the n.a. d’Arcy Company, a Twin Disc distributor with branches in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Company has also diversified its authorized product offerings, adding Funk, Dana Spicer,  Eaton Airflex, Wichita, ZF Off-Highway, Carraro, AxleTech (formerly Rockwell), Durst, Frank W. Murphy Gauges, Bosch Rexroth and Cotta Transmission.  Palmer Johnson was recently named a JLG Service Center in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Madison.

Sturgeon Bay Boat Works
Sturgeon Bay Boat Works
Palmer Johnson has successfully established transmission and axle remanufacturing programs with leading OEMs such as CNH, John Deere, Caterpillar, AGCO, Buhler, Normet, TUG, Terex, Manitowoc and Hyundai Construction out of its Madison, Wisconsin headquarters.

Today, Palmer Johnson consists of 120 dedicated employees, with ten sales and service centers supported by a master distribution center and a machining facility.


  • Twin Disc
  • Funk Manufacturing
  • ZF Off-Highway
  • Spicer
  • Carraro
  • Kessler Axles
  • Eaton Airflex
  • Wichita Clutch
  • Durst
  • AxleTech International
  • Murphy
  • Rexroth Bosch Group
  • Cotta Transmission Company
Español हिन्दी Français Nederlands Português 中文