Enterprise zone contract for firm

WORK: BAE Systems Samlesbury

WORK: BAE Systems Samlesbury

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Specialist logistics company Wincanton is set to work out of the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone, making it the first non-BAE Systems business to operate in the zone.

The plane giant has appointed Wincanton as the supplier for its Military Air & Information operations, building on the existing services provided by the company

The deal will see Wincanton extend its 10-year relationship with the defence company, providing a wide range of activities such as goods management and inspection, storage and packing, and transportation services in BAE Systems amlesbury and Warton sites.

This is in addition to the continuing operations at the MAI Brough site, and the existing services delivered from Wincanton’s Blackburn and Heywood facilities. Wincanton will also become the operator of a new purpose-built Defence Logistics Centre, due to be completed in 2016, which will see Wincanton become the first non BAE Systems business operating in the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone. Wincanton will manage the full transition to the DLC, which will provide significant costs savings for BAE Systems as well as creating 70 new jobs for the local area.

Steve Vandersteen, supply chain and procurement director for BAE Systems Military Air & Information, said: “We are pleased to have agreed this new partnership with Wincanton to provide logistics services across our business.”

Edwin Booth, chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said: “Wincanton establishing a base at the Samlesbury site demonstrates that the Enterprise Zone is fulfilling its role as a catalyst for economic growth by supporting the entire aerospace supply chain. I’m confident that Wincanton’s presence will stimulate other businesses who work with the aerospace sector to consider Lancashire.”