The origins of the company go back to the 1930s when the current Directors’ grandfather, T W Gooderham, purchased a Ford commercial vehicle, contracting with the Milk Marketing Board to collect milk ex-farm locally and deliver the churns to the creamery in Stowmarket. In 1945, our grandfather was a founder member of the Road Haulage Association.
A distribution operation was added to the bulk haulage operations and the fleet grew again to 30 vehicles under the youthful management of Edward Downie, who joined the company in 1993, the third generation of the family to work in the business.
The pace of development at the company picked up again during the 2000s which has seen the business move into more specialised contract distribution, including supermarket store replenishment, horticultural trolley distribution, port centric warehousing and the addition of pallet networks. In 2005 Edward was joined by his brother, Charles, adding to the depth and experience of the leadership team.
Over the past decade the business has doubled in size and developed multiple operating sites across the UK. Our dedicated transport solutions for ALDI, PD Ports and Anglia Group of Nurseries provide evidence that Bacton Transport continues to evolve whilst maintaining strong links with its past.
With great sadness, we announce the death of James Downie, founder and director of Bacton Transport, on 2nd October. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Jimmy will be remembered most for his hard work and selfless approach to life, always going the extra mile in the service of others, values we still live by at the company today.