Hubbard Systems, the UK distributor of Scotsman ice machines, has moved from its original location in Otley, Suffolk, to the nearby Claydon Business Park, Great Blakenham.
The new building is situated five miles north of Ipswich, only a mile from the A14, giving fast access to major trunk routes and according to Hubbard commercial director Simon Aspin: “This move feels a little like moving from mono to colour."
The move is part of a restructuring strategy which has been in place since HTG Trading, 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 features purpose-built facilities. For example, there are dedicated steam clean and hot drying rooms, for refurbishing ice machines, and the high-tech, integrated IT networking includes the latest fibre-optic broadband.
The Great Blackenham site also provides the company with extensive testing facilities – in fact, Hubbard is already 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,” says 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.”