Expansion for Wellingborough fork-lift firm

Wellingborough company, Hitec Lift Trucks, has expanded into additional warehouse premises in the town, on the Leyland Trading Estate.

Hitec Lift Trucks has a 33 year history is the town as one of the leading fork-lift trucks and national handing equipment dealership in the region, and was acquired a year ago by Briggs Equipment UK Limited. As a result of the acquisition, the company has extended its range of products and broadened its coverage via the Briggs network. This necessitated the need for additional accommodation.

Chris Billson, a Director of Wellingborough based commercial property agent, Prop-Search, said: “We were approached by Hitec as their search for additional premises began. It was soon established that the philosophy behind the flexible lease packages promoted by Northern Trust, for units on the Leyland Trading Estate, fitted with Hitec’s immediate aspirations for expansion. In terms of location, the Estate also complimented the company’s existing headquarters on Bradfield Road.”

Hitec has subsequently agreed to lease a modern 7,426 sq ft warehouse facility at Unit 133 Leyland Trading Estate.

Prospero Girardi, Managing Director of Hitec Lift Trucks, said: “Through Briggs, we have become a Hyster dealership, welcoming new equipment into our already broad fleet, and increasing our ability to provide our customers with an even bigger, better range of materials handling machinery.”

He added: “The new facility on the Leyland Trading Estate will become our short-term hire and sales centre. This frees up space at HQ to concentrate on our used approved centre, endorsed by Hyster and expand our training division that provides everything from fork lift refresher training, to in-depth manual handling qualifications – with available courses in fork lift driving, IPAF, Pasma, driver CPC, first aid, gantry crane, manual handling and Hiab.”

Leyland Trading Estate has itself seen expansion over the past few years with the development of an additional 42,447 sq ft, part funded by the South Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP). This new space – in unit sizes from 542 sq ft up to 8,928 sq ft – brings the Estate up to just over 230,000 sq ft.