German car firm creates 150 jobs at Markham Vale

Some 150 jobs are set to be created at the Markham Vale North site after Henry Boot Developments completed a unit for German car components manufacturer and supplier, Ferdinand Bilstein UK.

The new national distribution hub totals 212,771 sq ft on a 14.5 acre plot and has been purchased on a freehold basis.

The German firm says the site could employ up to 250 people in the future.

Vivienne Clements, director at Henry Boot Developments, commented on the completion of the first scheme at Markham Vale North: “We are extremely pleased to have been able to deliver the first unit at Markham Vale North to Ferdinand Bilstein UK on programme and within budget. The unit is of an exceptionally high specification and will be utilised as a major national hub for the company.

“We strive to deliver high specification units at Markham Vale and have delivered yet another building to an occupier’s specific operational requirements. With further land currently in development at Markham Vale, we are excited by what 2017 holds for this flagship site.”

Paul Dodgson, operations director at Ferdinand Bilstein UK, commented: “We chose Markham Vale for its key location and immediate transport links which ultimately played a part in our decision to move here. We are very impressed with the delivery of the unit to our very specific requirements, both in the lead time and the specification, and Henry Boot have delivered on this for us.

“Once the facility is up and running, it will become a major national hub for our UK business, allowing us to deliver an even quicker and quality client service, with later collection times and next day deliveries. We look forward to moving some of our key business operations to Markham Vale.”

Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Policy, Economic Development and Budget, Councillor Anne Western said: “We’re delighted to hear that Ferdinand Bilstein UK is a step closer to opening their new base at Markham Vale, creating up to 400 new jobs over the next few years.
“The site continues to attract a range of businesses which shows great confidence in Derbyshire as an excellent place to live, work and invest. The firm is another fantastic edition to Markham’s growing network of businesses and we look forward to following their progress.”