North Yorkshire company feeds £12m into new production facility

Masham-based animal feed manufacturer I’Anson Brothers has unveiled plans for a £12m production facility, marking the biggest investment in its history.

The 23,000 sq ft facility will be built at Dalton New Bridge, and will be able to produce 150,000 tonnes of feed every year.

The investment is part of the company’s 2020 Vision to enable a sustainable future for the business.

I’Anson currently employs 80 people from the local community and this new production facility will initially create a further 10 new jobs.

The energy-efficient factory will be have two productions lines capable of producting 30 tonnes of bulk feed per hour, and use solar panels and heat pumps to maximise green energy solutions. I’Anson used local suppliers, producers and farmers, and the investment will allow them to grow their supply chain further.

It will enable I’anson to meet growing demand, expand export operations and supply the North Yorkshire farming community.

Founded in Masham in 1900, I’Anson has grown to become a leader in the production of animal feeds and has been based at its current mill for the past 60 years. It supports over 3,000 customers locally across the North, nationally and internationally, exporting to over 40 countries worldwide.

Chris I’Anson, chairman and managing director of I’Anson Brothers Ltd, said: “This is an exciting time for I’Anson, and everyone connected to us.

“For the last 60 years we have been based at our Masham mill and have continually invested in new technology to increase production volumes and our efficiency.

“However, the physical limitations of the site mean we have reached production capacity, constraining our ability to grow.

“We are investing in the future of our business and this new facility paves the way for us to not only meet the increasing demands of our existing customers, but also provides significant opportunities for future growth and allows us to continue being a proud supporter of the local economy.”

Lindsay Ross, director of Dalton New Bridge, commented: “We are pleased to work alongside I’Anson on this complexed and innovative project.

“We believe that our site is highly attractive to suit dynamic businesses given its strategic location and ability to accommodate large scale operations. I’Anson are clearly demonstrating in this venture that they are fully committed to ensuring the future of their business in this area and we are here to help them.”