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State-of-the-art steel store for AV Dawson

[ February 11, 2015   //   ]

Prospective parliamentary candidate for Richmond, North Yorkshire, Rishi Sunak, officially opened North East logistics company AV Dawson’s new 102,000sq ft, £6.5m steel store in Middlesbrough on 11 February. The facility is the third and final phase of a £12.5m growth plan, part-financed with £1.2m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. Other investments included a £2.6m intermodal rail terminal, Tees Riverside Intermodal Park (TRIP), and a new £3.4m deepwater quay.

The store has an innovative air handling dehumidification system to prevent condensation and ensure the steel is kept in pristine condition with both heat and power being supplied by ground source heat pumps driven by solar panels.

There is space for up to 58,000 tonnes of steel coil, and a rail track running direct from Middlesbrough Goods Yard. More than 270,000 tonnes of steel per year will arrive by rail from Tata Steel in Port Talbot, South Wales before eventually heading by road to Nissan’s Sunderland plant on Dawson’s fleet of specialist trailers.

Mike Nightingale, head of logistics at Tata Steel Europe, said: “We’re delighted to extend our close cooperation with AV Dawson to improve our supply chain to the North East of the UK. The new warehouse underlines our commitment both to support our customers within the local area, and reduce the environmental impact of our activities.”

Picture: Father and son team Maurice and Gary Dawson celebrate the opening of the latest addition to their empire

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