Hundreds of jobs on way

HUNDREDS of jobs are on the way to Hartlepool in a multi-million pound deal, the Mail can reveal.

A distribution company called Clipper is building a 350,000 sq ft plant in Wynyard to open in August.

The Mail understands that the £40m “super-centre” will create between 400 and 500 jobs with more on top of that while the factory is being built.

The new building is called the Clipper Wynyard Portcentric Centre which means it is a distribution centre close to a port.

It has already clinched its first customer. It will provide the distribution base for Asda’s George clothing range in a ten-year deal.

Clipper managing director Tony Mannix said the plant would also offer other retailers a distribution facility without having to spend vast sums of money.

The building will have three tier-mezzanines inside it which means the total space will be more than 1m sq ft, handling millions of items at once.

Clipper already has links with the North East through its centre in Darlington which it unveiled in 2009.

Mr Mannix said he was “extremely proud” of the service Clipper had provided for the George Clothing business at Darlington.

He said he was “delighted that Asda have chosen to recognise its success by confirming our relationship will continue for at least the next ten years in our new facilities.”

The new clipper plant will conveyors for hanging garments and the potential for further growth.

Asda’s distribution director Ian Stansfield said: “Clipper has proven themselves to be an invaluable partner to our business and the success of the bespoke solution they created in the North- East in 2009 has brought about significant cost and efficiency savings to our operation.

“On the strength of this success, and our growing clothing business, we have taken the unprecedented step of signing this ten year contract for Clipper to provide portcentric solutions at the new Clipper Wynyard Portcentric Centre.”

Clipper chairman Steve Parkin said his company’s solution to the North East’s distribution needs were “integral to the future of the retail logistics industry”.