Moving on!12 Jun 2017
In April this year we embarked on a new chapter of our long-term development, by opening new and much bigger headquarters in Shirrell Heath, Hampshire. With over 60 years' experience in manufacturing agricultural trailers and recovery vehicles, we're well established ... and yet, still forward thinking.
We moved our family owned business from Arelsford, Hampshire, to a new 50,000 square-foot state of the art factory, located within 31-acres. This has meant serious investment in the future of our Group, which is set to dramatically increase production. We're now much better placed to meet customer demands by producing larger and more modern vehicles in the future, and we aim to benefit the local community, and the economy, including increased job opportunities, supporting local trade; and building on local community activities.
On the 9th June we held our first Open Day to celebrate the move, and toast to our future together with employees and their families, local neighbours, customers and business associates. Other guests on the day included Nigel Atkinson Esquire, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, The Sherriff of Southampton, Councillor Barnes-Andrews and the Lady Sherriff. Local Hampshire suppliers and contractors who helped to re-develop the new site, were also in attendance.
After morning refreshments in a specially erected marquee, family member Derek Warwick, former Grand Prix star and sports car world champion, gave the opening speech and toast to the future of the Group. The building was then declared officially open by the Lord-Lieutenant, accompanied by Chris Jones, Group Managing Director.
Organised tours of the new premises took place throughout the day, alongside vehicle demonstrations. A hog roast was served for lunch, followed by more refreshments and bubbly. The afternoon's entertainment was provided by 'Soul Munky', a 7-piece local soul band who were staged on a Warwick Trailer linked to the marquee, Following afternoon tea, guests took the opportunity to enjoy the grounds of the site in the bright sunshine.
Nigel Atkinson Esquire, HM Lord-Lieutenant said:
"I was delighted to see British manufacturing at its best and was very impressed at how innovative Ceejay are. Their new premises are an important chapter in their history."