Our shipping container company has provided new and used containers for sales and hire across New Zealand since 2003. This is our story.
Our shipping container company started in Mount Maunganui as a joint venture between John Dustin, who owned Containers BOP, and Barry Williams, supplying the Bay of Plenty area with used containers for sale and hire. The hire fleet was built to around 100 containers, and the pair worked together until 2007 when Barry sold his share of the business to John.
John continued to run the business, moving some of the fleet to Containers BOP. Around this time, new build containers started to become available in New Zealand, offering better quality options.
In 2010, Willie and Heidi Dustin sold their container business in Hawke’s Bay and moved to Tauranga to buy the 50 hire containers that A1 Containers had remaining. They took over the operation of the company to guide it into an era of national growth.
Working with John out of the Containers BOP depot in Tauranga, they started by opening depots in the Waikato, then Auckland. Not long before the first Christchurch earthquake, the first South Island depot opened out of Christchurch and Cromwell, which is Willie’s old home town. As the fleet started to grow, old used hire containers were replaced with new ones.
In 2012, Willie and Heidi bought Containers BOP from John and added this to the hire fleet of A1 Containers.
In 2014, we employed a National Sales Executive who joined the team as its third full-time employee, bringing a new level of focus to customer service and care. In 2016, Shane Elia joined the team as the Tauranga yard supervisor. In 2018, Elsie Taitapanui was employed to manage accounts.
In 2020, we established an onsite office in our existing depot in Napier, Hawkes Bay, which led to the employment of a National Logistic Manager with over 20 years of experience in the transport industry.
2021 gave us the opportunity for time and reflection. We now had two very busy customer depots and 12 Container depots across the North & South Islands. It was time to take the business to the next level. We sort after a Marketing & Sales Executive, Rebecca Chatham, who joined the team in April and to finish off the year we are on the hunt for a General Manager.
This year started as strong as we would have hoped with the employment of General Manager, Ricky Clark. A1 Containers has depots across New Zealand and a proud legacy of great service and happy customers. We look forward to being of service to you too.