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Green light for £12m I’Anson production facility investment
I’Anson Brothers, the North Yorkshire-based animal feed manufacturer, has secured approval to build a new £12m production facility, the largest investment in its 120-year history.
The new 23,000 sq ft mill will be constructed at Dalton New Bridge, the next phase of the Dalton Industrial Estate in North Yorkshire. The ultramodern facility has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible and will be one of the most technologically advanced feed mills in Europe.
The increased production capacity will complement the firm’s existing plant at Masham, North Yorkshire and enable it to meet growing demand from existing customers, secure new orders, expand its export operations and continue to be a major supplier to the agriculture sector.
Construction of the mill itself is expected to begin in the autumn and last for 18 months. Completion and commissioning is scheduled for early 2022.
I’Anson currently employs 85 people from the local community and this latest investment will maintain the existing workforce and also create additional jobs at the new production facility with more expected to follow as the company grows in the future.
Chris I’Anson, chairman and managing director, said: “We are delighted that the planning committee has given its unanimous approval to our proposal and regard it as a vote of confidence in our future and our continuing commitment to North Yorkshire. It is a fitting way to celebrate our 120th anniversary as a business.
“Over the next few weeks our project team will liaise with council planners as we make our preparations to move onto the site and begin the initial works.”
Founded in Masham in 1900, I’Anson has grown to become a leader in the production of animal feeds and has been based at its current mill for the past six decades. It supports over 3,000 customers regionally, nationally and internationally, exporting its specialist horse feed products to around 40 countries worldwide.
The business’s headquarters will remain in Masham, where it will continue to manufacture an extensive range of micronized feeds, specialty rations and horse feeds. The new facility will focus on the production of bulk farm feeds.