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Pegler Yorkshire invests for growth in exports business

Heating and plumbing products supplier Pegler Yorkshire has opened a new logistics centre in Mexborough, South Yorkshire.

The new warehouse, which cost £10 million, will provide jobs for 60-70 people in an area of high unemployment.

It is situated midway between the company’s two manufacturing facilities in Doncaster and Leeds and will speed distribution of the company’s products.

Stuart Anderson (pictured), Pegler Yorkshire’s new group managing director, said: “Our two manufacturing sites will now feed into the new facility. A global operation like ours needs to move products quickly.”

The company has recorded increased sales in the past year, the majority of which have come from overseas.

Mr Anderson said the company’s overseas sales force would accordingly increase by 30 per cent in 2012.

He added: “We’re continuing to invest in new technology to support our overseas growth and expect double-digit growth again next year.”

Pegler is making further investment into the development of products for the US market, which, alongside the Middle East, continues to offer new business opportunities for the company.

While trading conditions in the UK remain challenging, an investment of £5m this year, followed by the same amount in 2012, will bring a number of improvements, allowing the company to manufacture better products at lower cost, said Mr Anderson.

More stable copper prices were also proving beneficial, being the “one thing that’s out of our control”, he added.

“It’s my job to provide clear vision and leadership and make sure everyone buys in to our projects.”