Composite door manufacturer Solidor is relocating to a huge new warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent.
The company – which is part of the Masonite Group – has signed a 15-year lease on a 136,000 sq ft unit at G-Park Stoke.
Real estate logistics provider GLP will develop the facility and distribution centre, which has been built to Solidor’s detailed specifications, and aim to complete it by the start of October.
At the moment, Solidor is based across five different sites in Stoke-on-Trent.
The new warehouse will allow the company to bring all of its current production and storage facilities onto one site.
Neil Bancroft, operations director and site lead at Solidor, said: “This move will allow us to scale up our production and improve lead-times for our customers.
“By combining five facilities under one roof we will be able to remove legacy parts of production that don’t add value and bring in new automated processes that are simply not achievable at our current locations.
“It has given the operations team the opportunity to create a world class facility that will work both now and as we continue to grow in the future.”
Neil added: “The existing workforce was a key consideration when choosing the new facility. The success of the business has been built on the loyal and flexible team we have in place, and over the coming months everyone will play a key part in the transfer and design of our new production operation.
“Over 85 per cent of our staff live within the local community and it was critical that the location of our new home reflected the importance of this to us as a business.
“It is also expected that a number of new roles will be created both in the short and long-term future.”
Solidor will use the final few months of 2021 to install new equipment and improve IT processes at the new site, before commencing a phased transfer of all its employees in January 2022.
Adrienne Howells, development director at GLP, said: “We are very happy to welcome Solidor into our expanding customer community and onto the final plot at our successful G-Park Stoke development.
“Solidor is a leader in the UK composite door market and a company with firm roots in Stoke-on-Trent, so we are pleased to be working in close partnership and to support the growth needs of such a successful homegrown brand.
“Together, we are targeting Planet Mark certification for the new site, a mark of integrity when it comes to sustainability. The ambition is for the building to achieve up to 15 per cent lower carbon emissions compared with the average UK factory.”
Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, added: “This is fantastic news – our small but mighty city continues to go from strength-to-strength and to bounce back more swiftly than other major cities.
“It’s fantastic to see Stoke-on-Trent businesses such as Solidor growing and expanding here. It’s in part because of businesses like Solidor that we’re number three for jobs growth in Britain right now.”