Disposables UK Group has reached another milestone in its ambitious five year growth plan as it moved into its new 150,000 sq ft state-of-the-art premises in Meltham.
The family-run business has officially opened the doors to its new site with the help of Huddersfield Giants rugby star and England International, Eorl Crabtree.
Disposables UK is the official home and away shirt sponsors of the popular local team.
Other guests included MP, Jason McCartney, as well as friends, neighbours and business partners.
The company, which manufactures and distributes paper disposables and associated cleaning and hygiene products for the “away from home market”, was previously based across four sites totalling 107,000 sq ft.
The strategic move to larger premises allows Disposables UK to consolidate its operations and provide a faster turnaround time on producing goods, allowing the company to deliver even better customer service.
The move, which cost in the region of £700,000, is part of Disposables UK’s five year growth plan to almost double its current £16m turnover to £30m by 2018.
The company, which is the one of the largest employers in Meltham, has also recently invested £1.7m in new machinery.
Commenting on the move, David Burkill, Managing Director of Disposables UK, said:
“We are delighted to finally open the doors to our brand new site and to celebrate another milestone in our history.
Manufacturing is at the heart of our business and this move has not only allowed us to streamline our processes, but reinvest in our machinery, systems and people.
“We have been operating in the region for 26 years now so staying local was extremely important to us.
“We have 100 staff and by staying in Meltham we are helping to safeguard their jobs.”
The new site, originally built in the early 1970s for David Brown tractors, and most recently used to manufacture yarn by Fred Lawton & Sons, has undergone a total refurbishment with an emphasis on the company’s ethos of sustainability and the environment.
Carried out in a staggered approach, phase one included the relocation of the distribution centre from its existing site, and was completed in March.
This was followed by the staged move of production machinery into its new environment, with the relocation of ‘goods in’ and raw materials following in May.
In this way, Disposables have ensured customers are successfully serviced throughout the move period and that delivery deadlines are met, with no loss of the excellent customer service for which Disposables is renowned.
The 7,500 sq ft modern office facilities include a state of the art reception, offices, training room, and product display areas.
The manufacturing facility has been fully refitted with energy efficient lighting in an area encompasses goods inwards, production and finished product areas totalling 150,000 sq ft.
In addition, the building has been electrically reconfigured to current standards with the incorporation of in-built Power Factor Correction as source to ensure minimum energy use and increase operational efficiency.
The manufacturing facility incorporates new fully automated production and packaging lines, allowing Disposables to manufacture quality products at prices to meet current and future market demands.