60 jobs to go as closure of food site XPO Logistics is confirmed

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 Mar 2017

A LONG-ESTABLISHED Grimsby food handling operation will close in May with the loss of 60 jobs, it has been confirmed.

XPO Logistics launched a consultation with the staff at the Ladysmith Road site in January, as reported.

It told the employees the proposal was to pull out of the town, following the loss of a significant contract.

The end of that process has now been reached, and the coming weeks will see activity cease.

An XPO spokesperson said: "The consultation period has ended and colleagues have been informed that the site will close by the end of May 2017. We will continue to provide support to our colleagues affected by this decision."

XPO provided cold storage, added value processing, repackaging and distribution of frozen food, predominantly vegetables.

The sprawling site, which backs on to Young's Seafood's Humberstone Road factory, has operated under a series of guises – for a long time as Christian Salvesen – before being taken over by French-listed Norbert Dentressangle in 2007. In 2015, XPO announced a £2.3 billion buy-out of the entire business, and Ladysmith Road was rebranded by the US giant.

The substantial 13-acre Grimsby operation, featuring a 102,000 sq ft warehouse, two million cubic feet of temperature-controlled storage, 35,000 pallet locations and 16 food safe chambers, became part of a global network spanning 20 countries and five continents.

Based in Greenwich, Connecticut, XPO was founded as Express-1 in 1989, and the purchase of Norbert Dentressangle propelled it into the top ten global logistics businesses.

The future of the site is uncertain as it is not owned by the business.

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