PD Ports has secured a new ten year contract with tea and coffee specialists Taylors of Harrogate – the home of Yorkshire Tea and a part of the Yorkshire family business which includes the iconic Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms.
This new contract will see an investment of £1.75M spent refurbishing PD Ports’ existing warehousing facilities at Billingham covering some 115,000 sq ft.
Taylors of Harrogate will accommodate the majority of this facility, demonstrating a significant growth in operations since first importing tea and coffee into Teesport five years ago, occupying a 30,000 sq ft facility.
David Robinson, PD Ports’ CEO, said: “This investment signifies the growing significance many of the UK's major brands and retailers give to the portcentric logistics solution offered by PD Ports. We work very closely with our customer base to provide innovative solutions to improve their efficiency and minimise supply chain costs. It also gives further strength to our long term strategy to develop Teesport and its hinterland as the portcentric logistics hub for handling goods destined for Northern markets.”
David Hinks, Contract Manager at Taylors of Harrogate, added: “The acquisition of new refurbished premises at Billingham is a vital part of our future growth plans and will result in even greater efficiencies for us as we continue to expand. We are also delighted to be supporting PD Ports’ own investment plans in Teesside and its hinterland.”
Work commenced on refurbishing the existing facilities at the end of the summer and is expected to be operational by mid 2014.