Butcher’s Pet Care expand facilities

Pet food firm Butcher’s Pet Care is to embark on a major factory build that will keep its operations and 200 staff in Crick, Northamptonshire.

The family-owned company has announced it will create a new headquarters and manufacturing facility to enable significant business growth.

In partnership with sustainable logistics space provider Gazeley, Butcher’s will move into and equip a 260,000 sq ft state of the art production facility that will provide up to 50% extra capacity and make over 1000 cans per minute.

Butcher’s Pet Care chairman Graham Baker said: “We have a small but successful continental European business and we believe our investment in UK manufacturing over the coming years will support a growing export business. We will produce five million cans a week in our new facility that will meet this growing demand. This is the most ambitious project Butcher’s has ever undertaken with a total project cost of c £38m and we are delighted to be staying in Crick.  We’ve always wanted to keep our business in the Midlands where local people have helped us to grow the company to what it is today.”

Work will begin at the site in April 2010 and it will be 18 months before the new factory is finally finished. The scheme has been developed with sustainability at the heart of its design using measures such as rain water harvesting and recycling, energy efficient lighting, state of the art boilers and low water use appliances.

Baker added: “I would like to thank Crick Parish Council and Daventry District Council for their support through this process. I would also like to recognise the professionalism of Coventry City Council and St Modwen Properties PLC with whom we have worked on an alternative site option. Finally I would like to thank every one of our staff for their hard work during the last 18 months while planning applications were underway.”

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