L-R: Bert, David and Sarah Clarkson toast the opening of the DBL Logistics depot
David Gatehouse

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New warehouse development for Sheffield

Sheffield’s position as a key location within the UK logistics and haulage industry has been boosted with a new £2million storage facility, with the opening by DBL Logistics of its new 33,500sqft flagship warehouse and office building on Tinsley Park Road.

The facility has been named after Benjamin Huntsman, who was the inventor and manufacturer of crucible steel, as the site is located where one of his former factories once stood.

The DBL Logistics’ Huntsman Depot was opened by managing director, David Clarkson, along with key members of the Clarkson family, partner businesses and customers. Sheffield professional boxers David Howe and Sam O’Maison, who are sponsored by DBL Logistics, were also in attendance.

Started by husband and wife, Bert and Linda Clarkson more than ten years ago, with son David joining the family owned business and completing the company initials DBL, the business currently employs 23 staff and has an annual turnover of more than £3.5m.

David Clarkson said: “The Huntsman Depot will be our first independently owned building since we launched the company.

“It will double our capacity to 6,000 pallets and support the company’s continued growth. We have further plans to expand the site by another 16,500ft in the future, so this is a really exciting time for us and the logistics sector in the Sheffield City Region.”

Linda Clarkson was unable to attend the event due to illness, but a plaque marking the official opening was unveiled in her honour at the Huntsman Depot.

As part of the investment, DBL Logistics has increased its fleet of vehicles from 15 to 25, added two new staff and installed a 100% accurate warehouse management system from Clydebuilt Business Solutions Ltd.

HSBC Bank provided a £1.8million finance package to support the development, while local architects, SLA Design and HP Construction, helped complete the new build.

DBL Logistics’ Huntsman Depot will be a flagship site within the United Pallet Network (UPN), which consists of more 60 member depots that collect and deliver freight from across the UK and Europe.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by David Gatehouse .

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