Commercial property expert confident of attracting new tenant to former Mondi site
The former Mondi factory in Scunthorpe, inset, Duncan Willey PPH Commercial divisional director.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 29 Nov 2018
SCUNTHORPE’S extensive and readily-available skilled labour force could help to secure the future of a substantial factory in the town.
That’s the view of Duncan Willey, the commercial property expert tasked with finding a new occupier for the 100,000 sq ft Foxhills Industrial Estate facility.
Appointed alongside Fox Lloyd Jones from Leeds, Roxburgh House on Clayfield Road, and the adjoining industrial units on Atkinsons Way, had both been occupied by packaging firm Mondi.
The substantial office and warehouse accommodation measures 50,252 sq ft with the production facilities at Atkinsons Way virtually equal to it. It was previously produced easy-open polyethylene films and performance laminates, supplying food and non-food businesses across the UK.
Unfortunately, the international packaging and paper group, which has its headquarters in Vienna, opted to close the Scunthorpe plant and move its operations to Deeside in Wales.
Now a new tenant is being sought for the site on the Foxhills Industrial Estate, which used to employ around 80 people.
Mr Willey, the divisional director of PPH Commercial, said: “The closure of Mondi is clearly disappointing for the town, and was due in part to a decline in demand and the centralisation of production and distribution to Deeside.
“Obviously, it’s been a challenging time for Mondi employees and their families but I’m hopeful a new owner can be found who will bring jobs back to this prominent site.
“The fact the area benefits from an extensive and readily available skilled labour supply, from manufacturing and production to distribution skills, will make this site very appealing to potential tenants.
“Despite being a fairly new instruction for us, there has already been a reasonable level of enquiries.
“We’re confident we will be able to attract a new business as this large facility is ideally suited to a variety of production, manufacturing, warehouse or distribution uses.”
The packaging business was originally brought to Scunthorpe by businessman Marc Wheatley more than 30 years ago, but was later sold to Austrian-based Mondi.