ADD Express' new Rochdale facility benefits from a five-acre yard, sort facility and drive-thru canopy - HM1_0204-2

Pall-Ex shareholder and founder member ADD Express has expanded its operation with an additional facility following a £1.4m refurbishment.

The West Yorkshire haulier has created 10 new jobs at the 120,000sq ft Rochdale site, which boasts a 16-door drive-through facility accommodating up to 4,000 pallets per night at full capacity.

The new site also becomes Pall-Ex’s northern hub, which the company said offers a spacious and accessible location for Pall-Ex members in the north to deliver freight for sorting.

Key safety features include a five-acre yard, sort facility, drive-thru canopy, dedicated scanning bays, extensive CCTV and a weigh bridge – all located just minutes from junction 21 of the M62.

ADD Express, which was established on a 500sq ft site in 1991, will retain its existing 60,000sq ft facility in Elland.

ADD Express MD Dave Fairbrother said: “The Rochdale site is the perfect location for us as it provides space to expand our fleet and grow with our customers.

“The business has been growing at a rate of 10% year on year for the last five years and that is all organic growth via word of mouth.

“We’ve been wanting to expand our warehousing space for some time, but it has taken us two-an- a-half years to find a site with suitable space and facilities for this expansion.

“For the first time we will be able to proactively expand our business and reach our full potential.

“It is an exciting time for our business and our team, who have faced real challenges during the last few months, and we will continue to defy expectations.

“Our presence will also benefit the local community in Rochdale; we have already invested heavily in future proofing the site and will be creating more new roles as our operation expands.

“We will be working closely with the Pall-Ex team to share knowledge and optimise the running of Pall-Ex’s northern hub for the benefit of the network.”

Added Pall-Ex UK MD Barry Byers: “The opening of our northern hub is an exciting step in Pall-Ex’s on-going journey and welcome news during what has been a challenging year for the sector.

“ADD Express was the obvious choice for this partnership due to its exceptional track record and its impressive year-on-year growth.

“As ADD approaches its 30th anniversary, the firm is well-respected both locally and throughout the industry and having Dave and the team at the helm will ensure its success.

“Streamlining services and supporting shareholder member growth is always a priority for our network; this move has been carefully planned with our regional members in mind as it will enable greater access to the site for those in the north east and provide further network efficiencies.”

ADD Express offers local, domestic and international palletised freight distribution solutions to a range of businesses. It also provides full-solution logistics options including general haulage, fulfilment and various storage packages.