REDHEAD International has opened its new multi-million pound distribution centre in Mallusk.
The company moved into the 60,000 sq/ft office and warehouse facility, which includes a 6,500 sq/ft canopy, at the start of April.
It has invested over £1million in the site, which includes a warehouse with two heavy lifting cranes and a new state-of-the-art office block.
It has replaced the company’s Carrick centre and employs 40 people on-site handling distribution across the UK and Ireland, Europe and parts of north Africa.
The company was formed in 1978 by Jack Redhead and has grown to become a major multi-national freight organisation and has seven depots in all.
Newtownabbey councillor Mark Cosgrove is the company’s Ireland Director and has been with Redhead group for over 20 years.
He was born and raised in Glengormley and for him the company’s move is a home coming of sorts.
He told the Times: “I’ve come full circle now. I remember leaving Glengormley High School and hitching rides on lorries to Larne and across to Scotland and that was how I got into the haulage business.
“The move to Mallusk made sense to the business logistically. This new facility is fantastic and suits our needs down to the ground.
“Having a canopy means we can move stock from the freight trailers of the boats to the road trailers without having to take the stock indoors - plus with our networks and scheduled export and import services we can allow for later ordering times.
“That means we can keep stock moving - which is what our customers want.”
He added: “Although margins are tight with the price of fuel, the company is continuing to grow and prosper.
“Mallusk is right in the heart of the area I represent as a councillor, and this move also provides a stimulus to the local area.
“This was just a vacant factory building after BS Tooling left a couple of years ago and I would hope more businesses can follow our lead now that land in Mallusk has become affordable.”