John Brash & Co. Ltd has completed the second stage of its near-£1m investment this year to significantly improve productivity, capacity, and health and safety at its Gainsborough headquarters.
John Brash has unveiled improvements to its premises in a £200,000 joint venture with its haulage partner, JME Transport. JME Transport has part-funded work to create 60% more space for the heavy goods vehicles loading up its products for delivery around the UK.
Previously, there was only enough room for nine lorries at any one time, but now the company can accommodate up to 24 lorries, meaning one lorry will be leaving John Brash & Co. Ltd every 30 minutes from 6am to 10pm every day.
The investment has also seen the creation of a new outer roadway around the site, and the installation of new heavy-duty cantilever racking with a roof system to store timber roofing battens, decking JB-Red timber roofing battens.
Additionally, more than 1,000 new LED, solar-powered, LUX-sensitive cats eyes have been installed in lorry parking bays, and a new CCTV system was put in.
On the back of that, there was the installation of a new drainage system was seen, plus the installation of new concrete alley runs between rows of stored timber.
The chairman of John Brash & Co. Ltd, Christian Brash, said: “It is a proud day for everyone at John Brash & Co. Ltd and JME Transport, as it is another symbol of our aspirations for growth and the commitment our business is making to ensure that we continue to be the market leader in graded timber roofing battens, shingles and shakes, scaffold boards, and commercial anti-slip decking.
“The single biggest benefit is that we have created more capacity in our yard through the use of more reclaimed land, as well as the more efficient configuration and better use of storage to make sure we get more lorries in and out faster.
“This, in turn, will improve the productivity of some of our logistics processes to keep up with the growth in demand for our products.
“Whilst the first two are vital for our business, the third point is the most important – and that’s ensuring a safe working environment for every John Brash and JME Transport employee and contractor. The improvements will help us to achieve even more stringent health and safety vigilance across the site. Particularly with the introduction of the new loading bays, there is now greater visibility for our team of forklift drivers.”
The investment in the yard follows the unveiling in March of Goldeneye. The introduction of the new machine at a total cost of nearly £750,000 has enabled John Brash & Co. Ltd to treble its production of its flagship JB-Red. Goldeneye has nearly doubled the operational line speed of the company’s previous system, running at well over 30 times the speed of good visual grading.
Brash added: “The huge sums we have invested this year have all been focused around improving our capability not to meet but to exceed the new British Standard BS5534:2014 for roofing products, as well as improving our premises so that we can increase our capacity to manufacture the very best products in the marketplace.”