Simpson Packaging has taken occupancy of its purpose designed premises at Gregory Property Group’s recently completed Ossett 40 development near Wakefield.
The family owned local business, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, has relocated from premises near Dewsbury after purchasing the building for £2.4 million. The Partners have invested a further half million pounds in a state of the art fit out to facilitate expansion plans.
Simpson Packaging is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of packaging materials, handling equipment and work-wear to the removals, self-storage and furniture industries as well as being a major force in industrial packaging.
In a handover with Gregory Property Group, which specified three new industrial units on the site, Simpson’s management team praised the design of the new 33,000 sq ft building that can now facilitate a much more efficient distribution process.
Tony Dawes, one of the founding partners of the Simpson Packaging Group, which also operates White Rose Packaging and Dependable Packaging and employs 90 people, said,
“We are absolutely delighted with the new building. Gregory Property Group presented a unique opportunity for us to design and build a new facility that is perfectly located for distribution access. We had outgrown our previous premises but needed to stay locally to retain our valued workforce.
“The new facility at Ossett 40 more than doubles our operating space with greater height, more office accommodation and extended parking allowing us to invest in state-of-the art equipment for greater stockholding and faster moving stock lines.”
Simpson Packaging is projecting a £15 million turnover this year and as well as investing in new warehouse equipment, has opened a trade counter for business and public use.
Ossett 40 on Milner Way is located just one mile from J40 of the M1. Historically it was occupied by fellmongers Nettleton & Porter Limited but more recently the buildings were demolished to make way for regeneration.
Gregory Property Group acquired the three-acre site late 2014 and secured full planning consent to deliver 57,000 sq. ft. of new, high specification light industrial accommodation. The pre-sale to Simpson Packaging ‘kick started’ the development and Gregory sold the last two 12,000 sq ft units before completion towards the end of last year.
Billfinger GVA and Gent Visick in Leeds were joint agents for Gregory.