PPS East, supplier of environmentally-friendly fish transportation crates, is moving to a larger premises following a £1.2 million investment.
The sustainable packaging company are relocating to a 60,900 square foot facility on South Humberside Industrial Estate. A premises that is three times the size of their previous units of operation.
Joanne Moss, PPS Manager Director, said: “This move has been taken with the future in mind, we will continue to grow.
“It is a big site, pretty impressive, and it reflects the growth of the business as a whole, both the increase in the placing of reusable boxes in Grimsby, which we needed extra space for, and the new product that is being brought forward, too. We will have a new machine arriving to support that later this year, too.”
The move comes shortly after the success of their new sealable product, the Re-Fresh box, which is selling at a fast pace and has already sparked the interest of three UK supermarkets. PPS are also widely known for their production of returnable packaging, cutting the waste usually associated with packaging.
An official opening event of the new location will be held later this summer. Special guest Pete Ward, CEO of Young’s Seafood will be performing the honour of opening the premises. Young’s being a client of PPS.
Another special guest is scheduled to attend, the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Cliff Barber, will be present on Wednesday September 9, from 3pm.
Moss added: “It has definitely been an exciting journey in Grimsby. We have expanded lots in the past three years, and now this move accelerates that. People in the area have really taken to what we offer, the returnable, reusable box clearly works, and we are helping on that journey from single-use polystyrene. People are recognising the green credentials.
“We have bought the building. We are committed to Grimsby and the fishing industry. It is definitely a growing market for us.”
Showing her appreciation, on behalf of PPS, for the local authority’s generous funding, Mrs Moss added: “It enabled us to make investment, we wouldn’t have bought the property without the support, and it has enabled us to take the risk with the Re-Fresh innovation, which is proving extremely popular with retailers interested in it.”
Having chosen space appropriate for future expansion, PPS East will be letting some of the new premises for the short term until the inevitable growth of the company requires the full space.
About PPS East
PPS East Ltd, based in Grimsby, and established in 1986, supplied and washed plastic fish boxes for the Humber fish auction markets, and the many fishing trawlers which landed fish at the famous port. Since then it has relocated from the fish dock area, and grown into an integral part of the local seafood processing community by renting various sized reusable fish and salmon boxes, bins, pallets and tubs to customers. The business also supplies, collects and hygienically cleans fish boxes for the Grimsby fish auction market, local fish merchants, and for large retail seafood suppliers.