Clothing hub opens doors

Tony Mannix, managing director at Clipper (left), and Ian Stansfield, distribution director for Asda
Tony Mannix, managing director at Clipper (left), and Ian Stansfield, distribution director for Asda

A JOBS-BOOSTING giant warehouse has been unveiled – 11 months after the Hartlepool Mail first told how it would bring 400 new posts to town.

Clipper Logistics was officially launched yesterday at Wynyard Park and immediately becomes the UK hub for distribution of the Asda George clothing brand.

Dignitaries turned out in force for the unveiling of the warehouse which is so big, it is the size of 11 football pitches and has the capacity to grow even further to the size of 16 football pitches.

The three-tier structure will receive and despatch up to three million items of clothing a week to feed the George Clothing network.

Bosses chose Wynyard to set up the facility because it was close to the major import centre at Teesport operated by PD Ports, the owner of Hartlepool’s dockland.

Clipper has already agreed a ten-year deal for Asda George to occupy over 70 per cent of the operational space at the supercentre, which will feed its three UK regional clothing distribution centres.

Ian Stansfield, distribution director for the retail giant, said: “Clipper has proven itself to be an invaluable partner to our business and the success of the bespoke solutions they have created for us has brought about significant cost and efficiency savings to our operations.

“On the strength of this success, and our growing clothing business, we have taken the unprecedented step of signing this 10-year contract for Clipper to provide deconsolidation solutions at the new Clipper Wynyard site.”

Managing director of Clipper, Tony Mannix said: “This new facility represents a major investment in the Teesside economy and proves our commitment to the region.

“We’ve created a world-class logistics supercentre which takes an industry leading approach to supply chain solutions. We have developed our relationship with Asda/George over several years and this latest move demonstrates the trust that exists between the two companies. The building itself can be customised for numerous supply chain scenarios which is an extension of our mission to match ability with agility.”

Mr Mannix said the facility would also be offered to other retailers.

Tees Valley Unlimited managing director Stephen Catchpole said: “Clipper’s new facility is a bold statement with significant job creation and a further potential to expand and should be seen as an indication as to where the sector and the Tees Valley is going.”

Leader of Stockton Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “The opportunities for local employment are extremely welcome and the decision to locate here demonstrates the excellent transport links and the strong, keen and highly skilled workforce we have in our region.”

The Tees Valley is very much open for business and this new venture is a ringing endorsement of that.”