Johan Nurminen started the family company’s long business tradition by founding a general store in the town of Rauma in 1886. The shop’s goods also included timber and chandlery. The company gradually expanded into the shipping and forwarding business. Uljas, the first ship owned by the company, was built in 1891.

As operations reached an international level, the head office was relocated from Rauma to Helsinki. The company’s shipping business was at its height in the late 1950s, after which the importance of the shipping business diminished and resources were concentrated into international forwarding and transports.

In 1964, John Nurminen started operations at the Helsinki airport, thus becoming the first company in Finland to provide air freight forwarding. Around the same time, the company built the first warehouse of its own in Helsinki’s West Harbour. In 1967, the last of John Nurminen’s ships, Pirkko Nurminen and Inkeri Nurminen, were sold.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the company increased its presence in international forwarding. In 1995, John Nurminen gradually started abandoning traditional forwarding and focusing on special logistics. In the beginning of the 2000s, the company grew through acquisitions in the Baltic Sea area. MatkaKaleva, which used to be Finland's largest private business travel agency, was also for a long time part of the John Nurminen group. MatkaKaleva's business operations were sold in 2001.

On 1 January 2008, John Nurminen Oy demerged into two companies, Nurminen Logistics Oyj and the newly-founded company John Nurminen Oy. Among the business units of the former John Nurminen company, rail services, cargo handling and value-added services, customs clearance services, special and heavy transports and healthcare logistics were transferred into Nurminen Logistics, which went public on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki on 1 January 2008.

John Nurminen continues to take advantage of its long business history and entrepreneur-oriented values both in the management of its subsidiaries and its private equity investment activities.

Barquentine Uljas, the first ship owned by John Nurminen

Barquentine Uljas, the first ship owned by John Nurminen

John Nurminen Foundation

The John Nurminen Foundation originates from the John Nurminen family company and was established in 1992 on the initiative of the John Nurminen Company with the aim of preserving the sea history collection compiled during its history. The John Nurminen Foundation maintains the cultural heritage and traditions of Finnish seafaring and maritime history. The Foundation has two key areas of operation: cultural activities focusing on maritime history, and the environmental work in its Clean Baltic Sea Projects.

John Nurminen Foundation website


Nurminen Logistics

Nurminen Logistics provides high-quality logistics services, such as railway transports, terminal services, forwarding and special and heavy transports. The company has collected logistics know-how from three centuries, starting in 1886. The company's share is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

Nurminen Logistics website

Nurminen Logistics' main market areas are Finland, the Baltic Sea region, Russia and other Eastern European countries. In addition to Finland, Nurminen also serves its customers in the Baltic states and St. Petersburg.