Huge expansion heralds start of a new chapter for Intelect

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 26 May 2017

ENGINEERING business Intelect has more than doubled the size of its Grimsby facilities with a move to neighbouring premises on South Humberside Industrial Estate.

The company, now headed up by both Ray Johnson and Kev Stanham following the recent retirement of Phill Bodsworth, has moved into 23,000 sq ft premises on Omega Business Park, on Estate Road Six.

The premises, originally part of Osmond Aerosols, which became CCL and then Techfil before closing in 2004, was most recently was used as an indoor football facility.

Now Intelect’s £140,000 investment has seen it brought back to industrial use, together with a full refurbishment including alterations to two floors of offices and the provision of a dedicated drawing office. 

“We had got to a stage where we needed to move as we had outgrown our previous premises,” Mr Johnson said. “At a peak we have had a 70-strong work workforce and just not enough room. 

“With the support of Local Growth Funding we have now been able to expand and create more future jobs.”

The company arrived in Grimsby in 2011, with then Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell officially opening the 11,000 sq ft workshop on Estate Road Two. 

Since then Intelect, which is part of Middlesborough-based Intelect Group, has opened in Leicester, and is now turning over more than £20 million a year.

“A lot of our work is out of town, but we are keen to win more work locally,” said Mr Johnson. The team delivered  Morrisons’ arrival as a seafood processor on Europarc and also works with other major ‘blue chip’ companies in the food industry.

“The Morrisons contract was a big help,” Mr Johnson said, recalling the early days as the former Jex management team went about creating a new mechanical engineering identity in the town. “The food industry has been our focus but other avenues are also been pursued with clients in the renewables, pharmaceutical and associated industries.”

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