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15 March 2012, 16:29 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
A new £3.1 million steel distribution centre has opened on Teesside.
Tata Steel's opened the facility at its Lackenby site, next to its Teesside Beam Mill.
The opening of the centre's already led to the creation of 30 new jobs, which have been filled by Tata Steel employees redeployed from the company's Teesside Beam Mill and Steelpark distribution centre in Wednesfield, West Midlands.
Further jobs could be created within the new facility in the future if improved market conditions lead to the centre handling larger volumes of steel products.
The new centre will be responsible for managing and distributing around 100,000 tonnes of the company's construction steel stock from the Teesside Beam Mill, the sections mill in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, and Tata Steel?s tubes mills in Corby, Northamptonshire.
Director of the new facility, Rob Ridge, said:
"The steel was previously transported to our Steelpark distribution centre in Wednesfield, and other service centres, before being transferred to the customer. The Wednesfield site will still process a large number of the steel sections, but it is anticipated the vast majority will now be delivered to the customer straight from the Teesside service centre.
This is a much more efficient way of handling our steel sections that will bring cost saving benefits to Tata Steel, while also speeding up delivery for our customers.
We will now be able to offer our customers an improved delivery service, with shorter lead times throughout the UK and Ireland."