UK: Hubbard Systems, the UK distributor of Scotsman ice machines, has moved from its site in Otley, Suffolk, to the nearby Claydon Business Park, Great Blackenham.
The move is part of a restructuring strategy which has been in place since HTG Trading (HTG), owner of Hubbard Systems and ice cream and frozen yogurt equipment specialists, Taylor UK, was bought by two former Enodis and Scotsman Industries directors, Dave McCulloch and Dave Wench.
The new building is situated five miles north of Ipswich, only a mile from the A14, giving fast access to major trunk routes. It features purpose-built facilities including dedicated steam clean and hot drying rooms, for refurbishing ice machines.
The Great Blackenham site also provides the company with extensive testing facilities – in fact, Hubbard is currently running tests on behalf of a major customer, using data loggers to check and compare energy consumption on different ice machines.
Hubbard prides itself on next day delivery whenever possible and, in support of this, new state-of-the-art warehouse facilities include two Kardex picking machines, for quickly locating and dispatching stock. The aim is to give an even faster service then before, and as a result Hubbard hopes to be able to provide next day delivery for orders made late in the afternoon, depending on the destination.
“Our new home gives us facilities we can be proud of,” said Hubbard commercial director Simon Aspin. “The old place, which was split over a number of buildings, was getting very tired and this feels a little like moving from mono to colour. We already offer market-leading customer support and this move will help us enhance that even further.”