A company started as a one-man haulier for textile firms has created 30 new jobs, with more to come, after a £750,000 investment in 15 vehicles and a new warehouse system.
Keighley firm R McDowell Haulage and Distribution now employs 135 people and is on course to achieve a £12 million turnover this year as the business continues to expand.
The new vehicles include articulated tractor units, rigid-box vehicles and trailers and have been bought with funding through Yorkshire Bank’s West Yorkshire Financial Solutions Centre in Bradford.
The expansion has created jobs for drivers and office staff and also included the acquisition of the latest logistics and distribution software for McDowell’s Keighley warehouse.
The business, founded with one vehicle in 1976 by managing director Roger McDowell to serve West Yorkshire’s textile industry, is planning to expand its Glasgow warehouse which opened last year. McDowell is also planning to launch a southern depot this spring.
Mr McDowell said the latest moves were part of steady growth which the firm had maintained during the downturn.
As a result, turnover had grown by £750,000 in each of the last four years.
Source: The Telegraph and Argus - 03/02/11