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It’s a million-pound cover-up on Teesside

Middlesbrough freight logistics firm AV Dawson has officially opened a new £1M canopy to help service a multi-million pound deal with British Gypsum.

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It’s a million-pound cover-up on Teesside

The logistics firm invested in a new rail linked facility to support its contract with British Gypsum, the UK’s market leader for plaster and plasterboard products. The 100m canopy provides dry-loading capabilities for trains which increases the efficiency of loading but also reduces costs of drying the product when it arrives at British Gypsum’s factory.


AV Dawson showcased its investment in new building infrastructure at a recent unveiling ceremony, attended by delegates from British Gypsum, the North East England Chamber of Commerce, Department for International Trade and rail freight operator GB Railfreight.


British Gypsum, part of the global Saint Gobain group, is importing the product, which is used to make plaster and plasterboard, through AV Dawson’s Teesside freight terminal, based on Riverside Park in Middlesbrough. The product arrives by ship to AV Dawsons Middlesbrough port facilities, is unloaded and stored under the new canopy, ready to be loaded onto trains for daily deliveries to the East Midlands area.


Kevin Flinton, senior procurement manager at Saint Gobain, said: “We awarded this contract to AV Dawson because of the flexible and environmentally efficient solution they’ve provided to our business. We also liked that the business was prepared to take a long-term view, investing further in its facilities to ensure it could deliver the highest quality service for us.”


AV Dawson managing director Gary Dawson said: “This is a significant investment for AV Dawson. However, to provide the high service level that our customers have come to expect from us, it was important to invest in the best solution for British Gypsum.


“It now means we load the trains without adverse weather conditions hampering operations and we are also delivering an environmentally efficient solution that enables our customer to reduce its CO2 emissions by using rail instead of road.


“The canopy is just part of ongoing investment in our 100-acre Teesside site. The fact that we are still a family owned company with a relatively flat management structure means we can make quick but considered business decisions to help support our customers’ needs. It really shows how adaptable and resourceful we can be as a company.”


The contract, signed in 2018 meant 10 new jobs at AV Dawson and over £2M investment in new facilities and plant equipment. The new £1M purpose-built canopy is based on the southern end of the firm’s Middlesbrough site.


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