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Preston-based WH Bowker has purchased a new warehousing facility in Thorne, Doncaster as part of its expansion plans.

The family firm, which specialises in food, pharmaceutical, and chemical logistics, said the 165, 000 sq ft Doncaster facility will boost its warehousing estate - which spans 12 distribution centres - to over 1.5 million sq ft of storage capacity. The company also operates a fleet of 225 trucks and 450 trailers.

The new food grade distribution centre will have the capacity to store over 31,000 pallets, has 16 dock levellers and four floor level doors. When fully operational, it is estimated the site will employ 50 people, including management, warehouse operatives and HGV drivers.

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Bill Bowker, WH Bowker director, said: "Our current warehousing estate has been operating at close to full capacity for some time.

"We have been looking at various options to increase our storage capacity and we’re now pleased to be in position to provide new and existing customers the additional space.”

Neil Bowker, the company's commercial director, added: "We believe that we have acquired the ideal facility, in a great location for the continued growth of both our warehousing and transport operations.

"Doncaster has become somewhat of a logistics hub with excellent access to road, rail, sea and air transportation. The site’s proximity to Immingham will also significantly assist our international transport operation.”