A Clitheroe family haulage firm which has operated from the town for more than 40 years is to relocate to Blackburn to maximise on logistics.
AJA Smith Transport and Steadplan Ltd, which has been at its current base in Lincoln Way on the Salthill Industrial Estate since the early 1980s, will move to a new site just off junction 5 of the M65 at the end of April.
The vacated Clitheroe premises will be leased by the business’s current neighbour food manufacturer Deli Solutions Ltd, who produce olives, antipasti and other speciality European foods.
The company, suppliers to Sainsbury, Waitrose and the Co-operative group, have occupied their current site for the past 10 years, currently have a workforce of 125.
Deli Solutions general manager Douglas Bathgate said: “The expansion of premises will allow us to consolidate the business by moving all our stock and extra manufacturing equipment to the site and bringing all operations under one roof.
“We also plan further expansion in the next three years as the business grows, which we hope will in turn create more jobs locally.”
Anthony Smith, a director of AJA Smith Transport and Steadplan Ltd, commented: “The past few years has seen us invest more then £2.5m. into the business, including our other depots in Rochdale and Leeds. Moving the transport and servicing aspects of the business closer to the motorway networks makes total sense from a logistics point of view, as the majority of our customers are based off the M65 corridor.
“We will maintain a presence in Clitheroe, with both the Steadplan paint shop and our sign writing business Signtec remaining here, and we are looking forward to the beginning of a new era and the benefits that the move to Blackburn will bring for the business.
“By agreeing a long term tenancy with Deli Solutions, both parties are investing heavily in the future and ongoing success of the Lincoln Way site. “