Houlton were pleased to be selected again by Grotech Production, Goole to construct a new production and warehouse facility alongside their purpose-built 12,000 sq ft factory that we constructed back in 2005.
Grotech Production, which specialises in mixing and packing products for the agrochemical and general chemical sectors, has invested £900,000 to triple the size of its factory floor.
The expansion, which began at the start of January 2014, has increased the factory floor from 9,000 sq ft to 28,000 sq ft and completed in June. This further design and build project provided an adjacent facility 60m x 30m with an airlock link corridor to connect it to the existing factory. It also incorporates amenity areas and roller shutter door access with a new entrance and exit yard onto Britannia Road.
Foundations consist of 69No pre-cast driven concrete piles with reinforced concrete pile caps and ground beams to support the 6.2m eaves height steel frame. The reinforced concrete floor slab has been future proofed with provision for a later mezzanine floor to be added. The external envelope is fully bunded internally and consist of insulated panels with a curved roof and skylights to match the existing modern facility.
The large development comes as a response to the increasing demand for the Goole-based company's mixing, packing and product development capabilities.
Grotech has a current turnover of between £1.5 - £2m and in December 2013, invested £36,000 in a near infra red (NIR) spectrometer - allowing the company to bring product testing in-house.
Two significant but confidential projects, expected to start later in 2014 have also been instrumental to the expansion decision, Grotech said.
Martin Usher, MD and founder of Grotech, said: "I'm delighted that work has begun on the expansion project. For Grotech, the increase in production floor space marks much more than just spacious working conditions, it really sets out the confidence and plans we have for the business moving forward. The additional good news is that on completion, we're expecting to make a small but significant increase of up to three production staff.
"Once the space is functional, we will have the scope to increase batch sizes which in conjunction with in-house testing will improve productivity and margins. Not only that, our overall output will be increased significantly. To give an idea of scale, Grotech packed over 750 tonnes of liquid and solid products during 2013 but this capability will treble when the new facility is fully operational - in short, it's a hugely exciting project."