Norbert Dentressangle is set to open a new distribution centre for its Specialist Services operation in Taunton, Somerset, at the end of July.
The site will act as a regional hub for the company’s two-man operations, which handle high value, bulky or sensitive items such as catering, vending and telecommunications equipment, and enable more effective deliveries across the southwest of England.
Covering a total of 1.5 acres, including truck parking, over £150,000 is being invested in redeveloping a 16,000 sq ft (1,500 sq m) warehouse. The facility will mainly handle cross-dock operations, although it has pallet space available for block stack storage when required. Over 45 drivers, warehouse operatives and administration staff will be based at the site and it is expected further jobs will be created as the business expands.
Located on the Crown Industrial Estate, the depot will also provide shared user network services for customers’ of Norbert Dentressangle’s Day Distribution and Night Distribution solutions, and feature a regional training centre for Specialist Services staff.
Around 30 vehicles and trailers will operate from Taunton, including 15 18-tonne rigids that are fitted with specialist handling and restraining equipment for distributing large products. Overall some 800-1,200 consignments per week will be handled to meet customer demand.
"The new Specialist Services site will ensure that the daily transfer of a wide range of goods across the network is more efficiently handled," commented Mike Bridges, Managing Director at Norbert Dentressangle Transport Services. "Despite the current challenging economic climate, we are committed to enhancing customer services levels by delivering operational improvements and will continue to invest in our UK infrastructure to achieve this."