Yearsley has completed the first phase of a three part expansion at its 13.6 acre site in Heywood, and the new facility is now in operation.
When all three phases are complete, the company’s pallet capacity will double, from 40,000 to 80,000 sites.
Yearsley decided on the expansion plan when its existing Heywood cold store was running near to capacity, and started work on the £20 million investment in May 2012.
The aim is to turn the facility into a northern super hub
The shell of the second phase has already been built, and will be fitted out during the next six months. The plan is to go live in 2014, after which the final phase will be fitted according to customer demand.
“This expansion is in direct response to demand from new customers for whom the North West is an ideal location,” said managing director, Harry Yearsley.
“It is part of our long term plan to consolidate stock in strategically located stores, helping us to increase efficiency, reduce carbon output and better meet the storage needs of manufacturing customers and the delivery requirements of retail and food service customers across the country.”