Jobs boost for Ferrybridge as packaging company opens warehouse

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JOBS have been created in an area hit by the closure of the Ferrybridge C coal-fired power station after a packaging firm opened its first northern logistics centre.

Taylor Davis, which is based in Wiltshire and specialises in producing metal and plastic containers for food and other uses, has opened the warehouse at Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire.

The facility has already created 15 new jobs, boosting the area following the closure of the Ferrybridge C coal-fired power station in May, which employed more than 170 people.

Taylor Davis said further recruitment is planned later in the year.

Property consultancy Eddisons acted on behalf of landlord  Wharfedale Finance to broker the deal, which sees Taylor Davis sign a 10-year lease on the 40,000 sq ft warehouse at Ferrybridge Business Park.

The facility is the company’s first northern distribution base and will supplement its warehouse and distribution centres at Westbury in Wiltshire and Warwick, enabling more efficient delivery of its plastic and metal containers to clients across the UK.

Steven Jones, associate agency director at Eddisons, said: “Medium sized warehouses of between 20,000 and 50,000 sq ft, such as this one at Ferrybridge, are becoming increasingly scarce and rents, as a result, are rising.”

He added: “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.”

Wayne Weatherhead of Taylor Davis 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.”

Law firm Gordons acted on behalf of landlord Wharfedale Finance and Michael Steel & Co was joint agent with Eddisons on the deal.

Gordons commercial property partner, Paul Young, said: “We are very pleased to have a tenant of this calibre moving to the Ferrybridge Business Park, especially as this will create much-needed jobs for people in the local area. The fact that an established company of Taylor Davies’ size and reputation chose this site is testament to Ferrybridge’s ideal location and the quality of the space on offer.”

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