Logistics giant to create 100s of jobs in Derby?

A US-owned global logistics giant could be set to come to Derby bringing with it potentially hundreds of new jobs.

Earlier this year, developer Goodman received permission to build a 97,000 sq ft warehouse at Derby Commercial Park, off Raynesway. At the time, it was not known which business would move into the building.

However, a planning application for new signage for the warehouse, which has been submitted to Derby City Council this week, would suggest that logistics firm C H Robinson is set to take space at the building.

The application asks for permission to install C H Robinson logos on the sides of the warehouse, which is on a 5.5-acre site at Derby Commercial Park known as ‘Plot C’. It is next to an existing 324,000 sq ft unit being used by Ted Baker as its European distribution centre.

Planning documents submitted as part of the application show artists’ impressions of the building with the firm’s logo on the side of it.

C H Robinson is a global logistics firm, which was founded in the US more than 100 years ago. Headquartered in Minnesota, it has more than 280 offices worldwide, employing more than 11,500 staff.

According to the firm’s website, its nearest office to Derby is at Castle Donington.

The company provide third-party logistics and warehousing services to tens of thousands of customers. It provides freight services on land, sea and air.

The building at Derby Commercial Park has been designed with logistics companies in mind. There are docking areas for large goods vehicles and enough space for storage racks.

In its original submission to the council for permission to construct the building, Stephen George and Partners, on behalf of Goodman, wrote: “The proposed development will contribute to Derby city’s economy, delivering growth and generating significant new employment opportunities during the construction and operation phases of the development.

“The proposals would continue to secure productive economic development in Derby and the resultant business accommodation would help to support and extend the existing enterprise opportunities at Derby Commercial Park, including by the potential to generate jobs during both the construction and operational phases of the development.”

Since the economy’s upturn, Derby Commercial Park, which covers 165 acres, including a large part of the former Celanese Acetate site, has been gradually taking shape.

To date, £175 million has been invested in the site, including £20 million to improve infrastructure, such as a new bridge over the River Derwent and two roundabouts on the A6.

The park is already home to Kuehne + Nagel and Heineken, based at a 632,000 sq ft distribution centre. In February last year, fashion firm Ted Baker revealed it would be taking over a 324,000 sq ft unit, known as Angle 325, as its Pan-European Distribution Centre, handling all operations for its retail, wholesale and e-commerce businesses across Europe.

Source: Derby Telegraph

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