While many in the UK are analysing the potential financial uncertainties from the Brexit vote, workers in Market Harborough are welcoming a European partnership that will lead to a business expansion.
TGW Logistics currently employs about 200 people at its northern European headquarters in Falcon Court.
And this week, its chief executive flew in from Austria to open a second building across the road from its current site, which he believes will create an extra 300 jobs over the next few years.
“Our UK operation was established in 2007 with just three employees,” said managing director of TGW Logistics Northern Europe, Andy Smith.
“Today, we employ around 200 people and over the next few years we expect that figure to increase to over 500.”
TGW Logistics Group describes itself as a supplier and integrator of automated logistics solutions for warehousing, production, picking and distribution operations.
The company designs, manufactures and installs products from small conveyor applications to fully automated storage and retrieval systems. Customers include Asda, Amazon, Bentley, TVH Corporation and Kuehne & Nagel.
This is not the first time the company has invested in the town. When it outgrew its original building in Harborough, it decided to invest its north European headquarters here, in a 12,000 sq ft building in Falcon Court in 2014.
“We are also building our platform for the future by looking for talented people to join our team, not only in the UK but also in the Benelux and Nordics regions,” added Mr Smith. “We have positions for engineering professionals including solutions developers, controls and application engineers and site and project managers, as well as many opportunities for graduates.”
CEO Georg Kirchmayr said: “The expanded Northern Europe headquarters embodies our growth and our success. It demonstrates our ambition to further develop our role as a leading local and international provider of automated warehousing solutions.”