Bromsgrove MP, Sajid Javid, officially opened multi temperature supply chain specialist Oakland International’s new storage facility at Beoley in Redditch, completing the company’s recent £3 million investment programme supported by Barclays Corporate, with the warehouse being the final stage of the current development.
Oakland International MD, Dean Attwell, commenting on their investment said: “This is a huge step forward for our business and is testimony to the great work of the Oakland team, our customers and our supplier partnerships – without their passion and commitment to Oakland, investment decisions of this magnitude would not be possible. We are delighted Sajid Javid was able to officially open our new facility and for the clear support initiatives that the Government is directing towards business growth in general.
“Oakland is based in Redditch but is also located within Bromsgrove District Council boundary – we are grateful for the support of Bromsgrove District Council and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce for their support in getting this project off the ground.”
Oakland International UK and Oakland International Ireland, both award winning logistics operations, provide multi-temperature distribution for food and consumer goods using ambient, chilled and frozen transportation, and offer multi-temperature storage, picking and consignment consolidation. Operating a highly efficient distribution network, Oakland International effectively supports all daily logistics needs for UK and Irish retailers.
Bromsgrove MP and PPS to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Sajid Javid, stated: “I was delighted to open Oakland International’s new facility. It’s a fantastic growing and confident business, that’s creating the local jobs we need.”
With Oakland International’s main depots in the West Midlands and in County Meath Ireland, the company also includes Oakland Distribution, the wholesale distribution arm of the Oakland International Group, which provides commercial opportunities and the ability to take ownership of wholesale client stock, for wholesale clients across all areas of the UK.
Despite the challenging economic climate, the Midlands based firm have continued to drive growth of around 25% year on year. Their new 55,000 sq ft warehouse provides an additional 8,000 pallet spaces and incorporates a deep chill storage chamber to support seasonal requirements, as well as specialist storage for year-round supply chain solutions, extending Oakland the opportunity to accommodate organic growth of existing clients and work with even greater numbers of producers and manufacturers wishing to gain access to the competitive retailer market.
Investing at a time of economic challenge places Oakland International in a solid position, and when the economy picks up, they will emerge stronger. Installation of green and energy efficient technologies has been key in the development of Oakland International’s new warehouse which incorporates energy efficient chillers, high levels of insulation and LED lighting.
Said Dean: “With Barclays Corporate backing for the project, which was a measure of their confidence in our ability to perform, the new warehouse has extended our capabilities, and allowed us to retain and improve our competitive offer, whilst supporting planned growth. Increased capacity in the UK will directly influence and benefit the company’s Irish export and trade operations, with exports increasing between the two countries, Ireland to the UK and vice versa.”
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