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AMES UK invests 1.5million in acquisition of Kelkay

Published: 20 January 2020 - John King
 

AMES UK has demonstrated its confidence in the team and the future growth of the business by funding a £1.5m investment in warehousing and logistics as well as new packaging machinery, all of which has been installed since August 2019.

AMES UK's acquisition of Kelkay has resulted in a drive business expansion. The site near Snaith, from where Kelkay’s aggregate and paving operations are run, has been expanded by over 20% in preparation for the forecasted increase in garden centre business.

Richard Slade, general manager, said: “It’s been an exciting, if challenging, few months. We’ve undertaken a pretty major reorganisation of the site to double our internal pallet spaces and expand the external space to accommodate more than 12,000 pallets.

"And while we were making these changes, we’ve also expanded our operations in Cork to cope with the business growth in Ireland of more than 100%.”
 
Slade, who has been responsible for Kelkay operations for several years is now running the business across all AMES UK sites, including La Hacienda and True Temper. This has also meant further investment in business infrastructure to improve communications through IT and the installation of new servers that allow the whole group to be operated effectively under the new centralised management team.

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