Tesco Creates Hundreds Of Jobs At ‘Green’ Distribution Centre
Tesco has today delivered a much-needed boost to job-seekers as it embarks on a major recruitment drive for its new Teesport Distribution Centre in Middlesbrough.
Due to open in the Summer, Teesport is Tesco’s first purpose-built import storage facility and represents a massive £130 million investment in the area.
It will create over 800 jobs with recruitment through Jobcentre Plus. As well as job creation, the site will also boast extensive environmental benefits due to its location and on-site rail infrastructure.
Located on brownfield land, the new 910,000 sq.ft. centre will take over 12,000 lorry journeys off Britain’s roads every year. This is because goods arriving by sea will no longer be transported to a distribution warehouse in-land. Additionally when the goods are moved, they will take to the railways rather than the roads.
UK Retail Operations Director David Potts said:
“The benefits of Teesport are twofold and cannot be underestimated in the current climate. This investment is good news for job-seekers and for the environment.
“As well as creating over 800 jobs, it also delivers major environmental benefits through development on brownfield land and, due to its location and on-site rail infrastructure, will significantly reduce the number of lorries on the roads.”
Teesport will replace Tesco’s current non-food distribution centre located in Coventry which is no longer able to cope with the volume of products required to pass through it.
David Potts added:
“We need to increase our storage capacity to deal with the increased levels of containerised goods and building a storage facility at the port delivers the facilities needed as well as jobs and environmental benefits.”
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