A STORAGE firm in Spalding is looking to expand its operations, creating 50 new jobs.
TF Bowman & Son has lodged plans to build new industrial storage on land next to its existing operation at the junction of Camelgate and Roman Bank, which is says is no longer big enough to cope with the demand.
The family firm was originally based around horticulture with glasshouses and nursery work but has developed into a refrigerated storage specialist – with about 300 people employed on the site with Bowman’s and its customers.
Bowman’s says it has had to turn business away because it has outgrown the current site and is particularly busy around peak times such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mothering Sunday and summer months for fruit imports from the southern hemisphere.
The site extension will include a freezer capacity.
Co-owner Peter Bowman said: “We are short of space at the moment. We are growing but we don’t like to make a big splash.
“At the moment quite a few of our customers have frozen storage elsewhere and it comes here before it is distributed.
“There’s a lot of doom and gloom about but hopefully this will create 50 jobs.
“We are not taking this lightly, it is a big investment and we are doing it purely on the basis of customer demand. Hopefully this will keep business in Spalding.”
An objection has been raised that the field earmarked for development is currently prime farm land.
Bowman’s looked at the former Fesa site in Hawthorn Bank, the ex-Lingarden plot at Weston and a site at Clay Lake as well as developing bare industrial land elsewhere. But the storage firm feels having a split site will not work, that the premises need to be purpose-built to meet the demand and splitting sites will add many unnecessary traffic movements onto the town’s roads. It has purchased the land already.
Plans are due to be decided on by October 25 and Mr Bowman said everything is geared up to begin work straight away if the deal is approved.