Jenkins is to invest in a £17m custom-built warehouse at the Port of Liverpool, expanding its presence to 500,000 sq ft.
The business has been a tenant at the port for a decade, occupying 200,000 sq ft, and has agreed terms on managed services at both Liverpool and London Medway, with the new Liverpool space comprising 300,000 sq ft.
Construction on the warehouse is due to begin 2019 and be completed in 2020.
Operating from eight locations in the UK and Ireland, Jenkins provides stevedoring and specialised materials handling, dedicated quayside warehousing, and a range of other warehouse and transport services. The company is 35 years old and remains owner-managed.
Managing director Paul O’Hare said: “We’re really excited about this major new development in Liverpool that will significantly increase our footprint in the UK, and allow us to expand the range of services we can offer our customers in the North West.”
Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, added: “We’re seeing increased demand for imports of paper and pulp products, especially in the South East, where our new managed service with Jenkins will provide the capacity for market growth that our customers are looking for.”