A family-run distribution company has seen turnover jump by 20% to £10.5m this year after investing in new staff and a fleet of state-of-the-art vehicles.
Stiller Warehousing and Distribution, based on Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, has spent more than £1m on vehicles to help the firm cope with demand.
The workforce has been increased to 115 after 15 new members of staff were taken on over the course of the year and turnover at the firm is expected to top £10.5m at the end of the current financial year, ending December, up £2m on 2012.
As well as spending on vehicles more than £3m has also been invested in its 14-acre Aycliffe site in the last 12-months, and further cash has been ring-fenced to develop additional warehousing.
General manager Matthew Stiller is the third generation of the Stiller family running the business having taken over from dad Paul, 59 years after the firm was started by Paul’s German father Gunter, who sold a herd of pigs to launch Stiller Transport.
“We’ve changed our company profile to the point where we’re in a much healthier position,” said Stiller, 28.
“It’s been a consolidation exercise over a number of years, but now we’re experiencing really healthy growth – turnover has increased significantly, we’re winning more contracts and so we’re recruiting more staff accordingly.”
Stiller’s premises at the heart of Aycliffe Business Park includes a 15,000-pallet store within about 160,000 square feet, which stores for 15 customers from varying industries, including the likes of Gestamp Tallent and 3M.
Other companies – such as Go-Geo Thermal and Now Plastics – are tenants at Stiller’s site and use it as its own “full-service” warehousing and distribution centre.
More recently, Stiller won a contract with worldwide firm Bidvest to distribute for a range of high street food outlets across the region.
Stiller added: “We’ve invested in the purchase of the site and since then we have continued to invest to some considerable degree. We’ve installed energy-efficient lighting and more efficient racking systems for storage. We’ve invested in mechanical handling and in training people and we plan to refurbish more buildings for rent.”