A County Durham distribution firm has appointed a new general manager, paving the way for the firm to be run by a new generation of the family almost 60 years after it was launched.
Stiller Warehousing and Distribution is heading into a transitional period by promoting Matthew Stiller to commercial manager, prompting Brian Simpson to join the family-run business as general manager from neighbouring PWS, to help with the process.
Current managing director and dad Paul Stiller, who was handed the company by his father Gunter 30 years ago, said the appointment represents a major step forward.
It comes after the Newton Aycliffe-company recently announced plans to invest £700,000 in a new multi-use building on its huge site as part of the group’s long-term growth plans to create employment.
Paul Stiller said: “We’ve known Brian for a number of years and we’ve always had such a high regard for him.
“The disciplines he brings with him, his management style, the whole package, will benefit the business tremendously.
“He’s also ideally placed to help Matthew in the transitional period of him taking the reins, and that’s a key element.
“It’s a major step for us, from a developmental point of view. He brings with him a modern, up-to-date management style which can only benefit Matthew and the company.
“Brian is now finding his feet. He has two operational teams reporting to him and he’s starting to see the inner workings of a busy logistics company from the other side of the fence.”
Simpson said: “I’ve moved to the other side of the table, having employed hauliers in my previous role, I’m now the haulier.
“I’ve known Stiller for a while now and it has a good name in the industry. The main attraction for me was the variety of the role, working out different solutions for a variety of different companies.
“It’s a very fast-moving environment so I’ve had to get involved in some of the company’s major contracts straight away.
“But it’s a fresh new challenge and one I’m really looking forward to.”
Stiller, which employs 115 people, reported an increase in turnover to £10.5m at the end of 2013 and its premises on the Aycliffe Business Park includes a 15,000-pallet store within 160,000 square feet, which stores for 15 customers from varying industries.