PPS East is expanding into new and larger premises following a £1.2 million investment.
The supplier of environmentally-friendly fish transportation crates has purchased a 60,900 square foot facility on South Humberside Industrial Estate, three times the size of the leased units it has been operating in over the past five years.
This news comes as their new sealable product, the Re-Fresh box, continues to sell at pace, with three UK supermarkets showing interest.
PPS Manager Director Joanne Moss said:
“This move has been taken with the future in mind, we will continue to grow.”
“It is a big site, pretty impressive, and it reflects the growth of the business as a whole, both the increase in the placing of reusable boxes in Grimsby, which we needed extra space for, and the new product that is being brought forward, too. We will have a new machine arriving to support that later this year, too.”
The new premises were formerly used by chemical distributor Univar.
An official opening event will be held later this summer, with Pete Ward, chief executive of major customer Young’s Seafood, performing the honour. The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Cliff Barber, will be present, on Wednesday September 9, from 3pm.
Mrs Moss added:
“It has definitely been an exciting journey in Grimsby. We have expanded lots in the past three years, and now this move accelerates that. People in the area have really taken to what we offer, the returnable, reusable box clearly works, and we are helping on that journey from single-use polystyrene. People are recognising the green credentials.
“We have bought the building. We are committed to Grimsby and the fishing industry. It is definitely a growing market for us.”
“We are grateful for the local authority’s funding.” Mrs Moss added:
“It enabled us to make investment, we wouldn’t have bought the property without the support, and it has enabled us to take the risk with the Re-Fresh innovation, which is proving extremely popular with retailers interested in it.”
The Re-Fresh box is a 3kg and 6kg reusable lidded and leak-proof box.
Having invested for the future, PPS East are now looking to let out some of the space for the short-term.
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