Packaging distributor creates jobs

Those behind the new Ferrybridge packaging warehouse, including Steven Jones, Eddisons (second from left) and Wayne Weatherhead, Taylor Davis (third from left)

A new food packaging distribution centre has created 15 jobs at Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire, with further recruitment planned for later this year, according to Taylor Davis, which opened it.

The new 3,716m² warehouse and distribution centre at Ferrybridge Business Park will boost employment in an area badly hit by the loss of 170 jobs when the local coal-fired power station was closed in May.

The new facility, which has a 10-year lease, will supplement Taylor Davis’s other warehouses in Westbury in Wiltshire and Warwick. The company claimed it would enable more efficient delivery of its metal containers nationwide.

‘Expanding into Yorkshire’

Taylor Davis business development manager Wayne Weatherhead said: “We’re really excited to be expanding into Yorkshire and our new Ferrybridge site is ideally located for the A1 and M62 motorways which will give us excellent access to the whole of the North.

“We have come a long way since our inception in 1978. Despite our phenomenal growth, our core values remain the same, providing customers with an unparalleled level of cost-effective service.

“This, above all else, has secured our position as one of the largest suppliers of containers throughout the UK.”

Property consultancy Eddisons acted on behalf of landlord Wharfedale Finance to broker the deal.

‘Rents are rising’

Eddisons associate agency director Steven Jones said: “Medium sized warehouses of between 20,000ft2 and 50,000ft2 [1,858m2 and 4,645m2], such as this one at Ferrybridge, are becoming increasingly scarce and rents, as a result, are rising.

“This was a real win-win situation as we were able to secure a tenant for our client as well as helping to provide a boost to the economy of the Ferrybridge area with Taylor Davis’s creation of new jobs to staff the firm’s new distribution centre.”

Taylor Davis was established in 1978 and supplies metal and plastic containers to businesses nationwide, including to food and drink firms.

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