Portable John History



Established in 1993, Portable John started as a one-man home office operation. With the main shop based in Hibbing, Minnesota, there are also several storage yards throughout Duluth and the Iron Range, covering a service area of over a one hundred mile radius. Portable John employs several full-time employees as well as many seasonal workers to total over one hundred years of experience. With over 1,000 units of hand wash stations and toilets including standard, handicapped accesible, hook, mobile, Mr. Insiders and restroom trailers - Portable John is the largest portable toilet company in Northeastern Minnesota.

Portable John believes having the highest quality products and best possible service is most important to our customers. We are a proud, locally owned and operated family business serving the community, businesses and residents of Northeastern Minnesota.

Portable John is fully insured and carries business and septage licenses in Minnesota (L#1672) and Wisconsin (L#2138). Each employee is fully trained and MSHA certified to be on all mine properties.

Portable John is a proud member of the Hibbing Chamber of Commerce and the Chisholm Chamber of Commerce and is happy to partner with several non-profit and community events as a donor or sponsor.


Portable John Team




John Carpenter

CEO, Owner

John began his portable toilet career in 1977 with Satellite on the Iron Range. His background at the Hibbing Vocational Technical College with training in automotive mechanics enabled him to help work on the service trucks, as well. In March of 1993, John decided to pursue his dream of owning his own company and started Portable John. Over the last twenty plus years, this company has grown to be the largest provider of portable toilets and services in Northeastern Minnesota.

John has been married to his wife Beth for almost 35 years. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. In his spare time, John enjoys stock car racing, watching basketball and also owns and operates Carpenter Brothers Tree & Stump Removal.



Travis Carpenter

Director of Operations

John's son Travis has worked for Portable John for over 14 years with duties ranging from driving routes and maintenance to planning and managing. He has an associates degree from Hibbing Community College and has been married to his wife Jen for almost six years. Travis enjoys golfing, curling and playing with their two dogs.



Talia Carpenter Sandys

Director of Sales & Marketing

John's daughter Talia is back working at Portable John since working many summers during high school and college. She graduated with bachelor degrees in Marketing and Communciation from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a masters degree in business from St. Cloud State University. Talia and her husband, Dan, have one son. In her spare time, Talia enjoys spending time at the lake with their two dogs and playing volleyball.



Frank Ostendorf

Full Time Driver

Frank and John have worked together for over 28 years starting at Satellite. Frank has worked for Portable John since 1994 and knows Duluth and the Iron Range like the back of his hand. Customers love his attitude and service. He and his wife, Nancy, also started a chair, table and tent company back in 2004 called The Canopy Shop which is perfect for all of the parties and special events going on each summer. Frank and Nancy have been married for over 31 years and they have two children and three grandchildren. In his spare time, Frank enjoys hunting, fishing and playing with his grandkids.