Princess Anne opens Palletforce’s new SuperHub

Posted on 28 Oct 2017 and read 413 times
Princess Anne opens Palletforce’s new SuperHub HRH The Princess Royal recently opened Palletforce’s (www.palletforce.com) new SuperHub distribution facility at Burton on Trent — eight years after opening the company’s original distribution hub.

Since then, the company has expanded its staff from 80 to 400, and its turnover has grown from £8 million to £100 million.

Meanwhile, more than £65 million has been invested across its network — in infrastructure, technology and people — since its acquisition by EmergeVest in 2015.

The Princess Royal was greeted by dignitaries and company directors before being taken on a tour of the 620,000ft2 custom-built facility, which can handle 30,000 pallets of freight every night.

Equipped with the latest technology and software, including a computerised weight-checking system, the SuperHub is expected to create around 70 new jobs locally within Palletforce and about 10-times as many across its wider network when fully operational.

After the visit, CEO Michael Conroy said: “We were thrilled to welcome back HRH The Princess Royal for what is the start of a new era for Palletforce.

"We’ve come a long way since her last visit in 2009, and the new £50 million SuperHub represents an emphatic expression of confidence in our future.

“No other pallet or distribution network in the UK has shown the ability to take such a significant step to create capacity, facilitate growth and ensure the future success of its membership and network.”

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