Jobs boost as West Yorks haulier expands to a bigger Lancashire base

Haulier A.D.D. Express has created 10 jobs after moving to its new Rochdale facility.

The West Yorkshire haulier has invested £1.4m in the refurbishment of its state-of-the-art building on Chichester Street which will accommodate up to 4,000 pallets per night at full capacity.

Dave Fairbrother, managing director of A.D.D. Express, said: “The Rochdale site is the perfect location for us as it provides space to expand our fleet and grow with our customers.

“The business has been growing at a rate of 10% year-on-year for the last five years and that is all organic growth via word of mouth.

“We’ve been wanting to expand our warehousing space for some time, but it has taken us two-and-a-half years to find a site with suitable space and facilities for this expansion.”

He added: “For the first time we will be able to proactively expand our business and reach our full potential.

“It is an exciting time for our business and our team, who have faced real challenges during the last few months, and we will continue to defy expectations.

“Our presence will also benefit the local community in Rochdale – we have already invested heavily in future-proofing the site and will be creating more new roles as our operation expands.”

Key features of the new site include a five-acre yard, sort facility, drive-thru canopy, dedicated scanning bays, extensive CCTV and a weigh bridge – all located just minutes from junction 21 of the M62.

The company is a shareholder and founder member of the Pall-Ex network – a pallet network of SME haulage firms which operate independently but work together to deliver freight cost-effectively throughout the UK and Europe.

Its new Rochdale site will become Pall-Ex’s Northern Hub, providing a spacious and accessible location for Pall-Ex members in the North to deliver freight for sorting.

Barry Byers, Pall-Ex managing director UK, said: “The opening of our Northern Hub is an exciting step in Pall-Ex’s ongoing journey and welcome news during what has been a challenging year for the sector.”

Cllr John Blundell, cabinet member for regeneration, business, skills and employment at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “A.D.D. Express Ltd is a perfect example of a company that has seen the benefit of having a presence in Rochdale.

“The refurbished facility looks fantastic and is perfectly placed to take advantage of the quick access to the motorway network.”

A.D.D Express, which was established in 1991, will retain its existing 60,000 sq ft facility in Elland.