US catering equipment brand doubles UK distribution facility

Claywheels Lane UK

A US-based designer and manufacturer of melamine and polycarbonate catering equipment and dinnerware has doubled the size of its UK distribution centre to support the expansion of its growing business across the UK and Europe.

Dinnerware brand Thunder Group worked with regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, which owns and manages Claywheels Lane Business Park in Sheffield, to expand into two newly refurbished units within the business part.

The expansion will add 14,273sqft of warehouse space to the group’s existing 15,265sqft unit.

Thunder Group has agreed a six-year lease with St. Modwen, which will enable the company to meet growing demand for its products in the UK and across Europe.

The site, which is Thunder Group’s newest distribution centre, is its only base outside of the US and is expected to create five new jobs.

John Hewitt, operations manager at Thunder Group, said: “There is growing demand for our products across the UK and Europe so it is critical that we have the capacity to grow in order to meet customer demand. The only factor that was holding us back was warehouse space. Through working with St. Modwen and Knight Frank we have now effectively doubled our capacity and have the right infrastructure in place to support our continued expansion into new markets.”

Paul Brustad, asset and development manager for St. Modwen, added: “Claywheels Lane is the ideal location for Thunder Group’s expansion. Not only is it in close proximity to Sheffield City Centre and the M1, but it also benefits from high quality units and St. Modwen’s flexible approach to lettings. We look forward to seeing further success from Thunder Group in the future.”

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