UK: Air conditioning and refrigeration contractor EJM Engineered Systems is celebrating 30 years of business with temperature-controlled food storage and distribution businesses, Reed Boardall.
EJM has designed, installed and maintained all four cold stores at Reed Boardall’s single site in Boroughbridge, having received its first order on Christmas Eve 1991.
Reed Boardall is one of the largest temperature-controlled food distribution businesses in the UK, storing and delivering frozen food from manufacturers across Britain, Europe and further afield to all the UK’s best-known supermarkets. Its fleet of 196 vehicles delivers 12,000 pallets of frozen food daily for its clients as well as providing a range of complementary services including ancillary blast freezing, picking and packing.
“Fostering long-term relationships with both customers and suppliers is one of the tenets of our business,” explained Andrew Baldwin, MD of Reed Boardall’s cold storage division. “We believe that by working together closely over a number of years, we can develop insight and synergies which make us mutually more productive.
“EJM is one of our oldest suppliers and, like Reed Boardall, they place great emphasis on being independent, cost-effective and customer focussed. Over the last 30 years, the two companies have enjoyed a very constructive and open partnership with EJM working seamlessly as part of our team, keeping our cold stores running smoothly as well as being on hand to provide valuable advice on extending our facilities as the business has grown.”
Established in 1980, EJM operates from its headquarters in Durham and offices and manufacturing facility in Derby. “Our chairman, Matt Morton, signed the first contract with Keith Boardall and Guy Reed 30 years ago and, since then, the relationship between the two businesses has spanned three ‘generations’ of managing directors,” explained EJM’s MD Paul Cable.
In May, Reed Boardall announced the completion of a 10,200m2 extension to its newest cold store, expanding capacity to 168,000 pallets. The project was delivered by EJM which will continue to provide ongoing service and maintenance.
“Reed Boardall has always been visionary in its refrigeration plant design; from the initial concept, it builds in the ability for future extensions to enable it to grow with its customers. It also requires very high standards within its cold stores, and we have consistently provided this, delivering robust plant with energy efficient enhanced design which has stood the test of time. With over 9,000kW of installed refrigeration capacity across the site,” Paul Cable added.