Following a meeting last night (5 March 2012) of Wrexham Borough Council's planning committee, First Milk has received the go-ahead to redevelop its cheese packing site at Maelor near Wrexham, to create a UK centre of excellence for cheese packing and storage.
As well as the redesign and rebuild of First Milk's cheese packing operation, Grocontinental, one of the UKs leading storage and distribution companies, has also received the green light for the construction of a cold store on the Maelor site that will house all of First Milk's maturing cheese.
Work will begin shortly on the redevelopment and is scheduled for completion in Autumn 2013. The total cost of the site redevelopment will be £17 million.
First Milk's manufacturing director Paul Rowe commented:
"This redevelopment builds on the significant investment in new technology at the site over the last eighteen months. We have had very positive feedback on our proposals from our retail customers, who can see the clear benefits from the redevelopment in terms of workflows, efficiencies and the scope it provides to increase production."
"I'd like to thank Wrexham Borough Council who have worked with us in a constructive way throughout this process."
Linda Grocott, Joint Managing Director of Grocontinental, comments, "We are extremely pleased with the approval received from Wrexham Borough Council. To have the opportunity to invest in and develop our business working along side First Milk on this project cements our excellent working relationship, we are very pleased to be part of the growth plans."