Dawson opens £6m warehouse to support NE motor industry

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AV Dawson is investing £6 million in a steel warehouse in Middlesbrough to support growth of the motor industry in the North East.

Tata Steel, provides steel for Sunderland-based car maker Nissan, and has been using three of Dawson’s sheds at its Riverside Park base in Middlesbrough – one on the quayside and two at its Ayrton Railhead – to store its automotive steel coils.

The new shed will be 300m long and 36m wide and be capable of providing storage for up to 32,000 tonnes of steel coils. It is expected to open in September.

It will have an air handling dehumidification system with both heat and power being provided from renewable sources.

The shed will be built on land once owned by Network Rail and will feature a track running direct into it from nearby Middlesbrough Goods Yard.

A daily train of 24 rail wagons from Tata Steel in Port Talbot, South Wales will feed the new facility with local hub distribution using the AV Dawson road haulage fleet including specialist steel coil carrying trailers.

Neil McShane, railhead manager of AV Dawson, said: “We’ll be able to store all of Tata’s material in one place with a direct rail link as well as providing space for expansion, and it frees up capacity in our existing automotive stores for new opportunities.”

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