Distribution giant Palletforce is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a multi-million pound investment pledge.
The Staffordshire company is investing more than £3 million to develop its distribution services, pioneer technology and embrace sustainability as it marks its milestone birthday.
Over the next 12 months, the company will fully replace its forklift truck fleet to ensure each vehicle includes Palletforce’s award-winning technology and patented weighing, scanning and imaging capability.
Palletforce CEO Adam Leonard said: “Palletforce’s strength has always been the quality of its membership, and in order to attract the very best operators you have to invest in the very best services.
“Over the next 12 months we will strengthen the network further with a pledge to continue investment and strive for excellence.
“We will bring our members together and ensure the entire Palletforce network continues to work collectively, collaboratively and in the spirit of the membership to ensure our continued success.”
Palletforce was launched on August 31, 2001.
On its first night of operation, at a former aircraft hangar at Fradley Park, Lichfield, the company handled 524 pallets of freight from the initial 36 founding members.
Now part of global logistics and technology provider EV Cargo, the company operates from a state-of-the-art central super hub in Burton upon Trent, delivering five million pallets annually via a network of over 100 members.
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Mr Leonard added: “We have an exciting future ahead and once again we will take the lead on investment right across the network, to ensure our members and their customers have access to the highest quality services, infrastructure and technology.
“We’ve seen our network grow from strength to strength over the last 20 years, but one thing has remained constant and that’s the unwavering support from our members – including the founding members who helped create this wonderful business back in 2001.”