£12m Co-op centre

THE Co-operative Group has announced it is to build a £12m regional distribution centre (RDC) in the North-East as part of its plans to rejuvenate its food distribution service.

THE Co-operative Group has announced it is to build a £12m regional distribution centre (RDC) in the North-East as part of its plans to rejuvenate its food distribution service.

The new 270,000sqft multi-temperature facility is to be located in Birtley on the Drum Road industrial estate adjacent to the group’s current RDC facility.

Work has already begun on developing the site, which is expected to be fully operational by the first half of 2009.

The group currently also has a distribution operation 12 miles away in Blaydon where 234 employees work and this, together with the present Birtley operation employing 240 staff, will re-locate to the new facility.

A Co-op spokesman said: “It is a long-term solution to our distribution needs in the area and will secure future employment in the region, while giving Co-operative customers the high level of product availability they expect.”

EEF gets the vote

MANUFACTURERS have voted the Engineering Employers Federation their most useful agency or organisation for the sixth year running in the Annual Manufacturing Report, published by The Manufacturer magazine.

Alan Hall, director for EEF Northern, said: “We are delighted that manufacturers have once again recognised EEF as their most useful service provider.”

The Manufacturer’s in-depth survey of senior managers in 428 companies across the UK revealed that 94% of those who had contacted EEF found its advice and information useful, while 42% said EEF was “very useful”.

The result was higher than the ranking achieved by any other association or government support agency.

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