BREAKING GROUND ON BRAND NEW WAREHOUSE AND LOGISTICS HUB IN WEST BROMWICH
As published in Motor Transport by Carol Millet
Birmingham-based logistics and warehouse specialist PGS Global Logistics is investing £10m in a purpose-built warehouse in West Bromwich to support continued growth.
PGS spent two years looking for a suitable West Midlands site, amid increasing demand for warehousing in the region.
The 80,000sq ft new facility, which is set to create over 30 new jobs, will open in early 2023.
A Pallet-Track member, PGS has depots in Birmingham and Kidderminster and works with e-commerce and automotive brands. It employs more than 200 people and operates a fleet of more than 100 vehicles.
The new warehouse, which is solar powered throughout, adds to the company’s existing 14-acre site near Birmingham Airport, giving it a total of 350,000sq ft of storage space.
The company’s pallet storage capabilities will double from 15,000 to 30,000 and to maximise capacity, the high specification warehouse will also benefit from Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) pallet racking and electric forklift trucks, which the company said will create a “world-class” facility for storage and picking.
Paul Eyles, who founded PGS Global Logistics 30 years ago this month, recently took part in a breaking ground ceremony at the new site along with his three children, who all work in the business.
David Bayliss, commercial director at PGS Global Logistics, said: “We are proud to announce the biggest investment in our 30-year history and to be bringing new opportunities to the area with this development.
“Paul started the business 30 years ago, delivering steel on behalf of Carrs Tool Steels, based just a few miles away in Tipton, and it is wonderful to see the next generation of the family as part of the team at the forefront of this exciting investment.
“The new site will provide a number of key benefits for our customers, many of which are looking for additional capacity to increase their own operations, and we are already attracting a lot of interest from potential customers.
“We are seeing rapid growth in every area of our business, including parcels, pallets, and picking and packing requirements, so we are very confident of filling this new facility quickly once it is fully operational.
“The site is an ideal blank canvas for a purpose-built warehouse as it has given us the opportunity to fully incorporate solar power into the design and build, future-proofing our operation for the benefit of the business and the environment.”
Caroline Green, chief executive of Pallet-Track, said: “This expansion is great news for the region and local businesses, as well as being a real achievement for the team at PGS Global Logistics.
“The logistics industry has faced a challenging few years due to the pandemic, HGV driver shortage and rising fuel costs, so it is a pleasure to see a member of our network go from strength to strength.”
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