A government scheme has awarded Dalepak, the Northamptonshire-based logistics firm, £1.3m towards a £9.5m expansion plan.
Dalepak will use the money to add 150 new members of staff to its workforce, renovate warehouse picking floors, and increase the level of automation under the expansion plan.
The £1.3m was awarded by the government’s Regional Growth Fund, which has so far given out £150m to businesses across the East Midlands, and was presented by the minister of state for transport, Baroness Kramer.
Michael Finn, joint managing director at Dalepak, said: “The awarding of the Regional Growth Fund to Dalepak will enable our business to invest in cutting edge technology and equipment so that the services we provide 3PL continue to be of the highest standard.”
Joint managing director, Gary White, said that the project will also include an automated storage and retrieval system, a conveyor system and pick to light, as well as a warehouse control system and multiple tier mezzanine floors.
“The implementation of the automation is planned to improve the picking efficiency and storage capability, while continuing to offer the manual flexibility, including hand written gift messages, gift wrapping and even coffee grinding,” added White.
Dalepak, which has been operational for more than 20 year, provides more than 400,000 sq ft of warehousing across Northamptonshire.