Birmingham-based logistics and warehouse company PGS Global Logistics is investing £10m (US$11.2m) in a purpose-built warehouse in West Bromwich in the UK.
The announcement follows a two-year search for a suitable West Midlands site, amid increasing demand for warehousing in the region. The West Bromwich site will be solar powered throughout. Once the 80,000ft2 facility opens in early 2023 alongside its 14-acre site near Birmingham Airport, the company will have 350,000ft2 of warehouse space. The company’s pallet storage capabilities will double from 15,000 to 30,000, the high-specification warehouse will also feature very narrow aisle (VNA) pallet racking and electric forklift trucks. By increasing its pallet handling capacity, PGS Global Logistics will be able to transport more freight via the pallet-track network. With this new opening, PGS expects to begin recruiting for around 30 new vacancies.
David Bayliss, commercial director at PGS Global Logistics, said, “We are proud to announce the biggest investment in our 30-year history and to be bringing new opportunities to the area with this development. Paul started the business 30 years ago, delivering steel on behalf of Carrs Tool Steels, based just a few miles away in Tipton, and it is wonderful to see the next generation of the family as part of the team at the forefront of this exciting investment.
“The new site will provide a number of key benefits for our customers, many of whom are looking for additional capacity to increase their own operations, and we are already attracting a lot of interest from potential customers. We are seeing rapid growth in every area of our business, including parcels, pallets, and picking and packing requirements, so we are very confident of filling this new facility quickly once it is fully operational. The site is an ideal blank canvas for a purpose-built warehouse as it has given us the opportunity to fully incorporate solar power into the design and build, future-proofing our operation for the benefit of the business and the environment.”
Caroline Green, chief executive of the Pallet-Track network of which PGS is a member, said, “This expansion is great news for the region and local businesses, as well as being a real achievement for the team at PGS Global Logistics. The logistics industry has faced a challenging few years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, HGV driver shortage and rising fuel costs, so it is a pleasure to see a member of our network go from strength to strength.”