VIDEO: Royal visitor opened Hemswell firm’s expansion

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After five years in development, an expansion at Woldgrain Storage Ltd, at Hemswell airfield, was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Gloucester.

The extension has increased its total storage capacity from 20,000 to 85,000 tonnes. The work has also included the installation of state of the art cleaning and drying equipment.

Official opening of the Wold Grain Storage  RDP funded expansion progject By HRH the Duke of Gloucester Friday 3rd July 2015.

Official opening of the Wold Grain Storage RDP funded expansion progject By HRH the Duke of Gloucester Friday 3rd July 2015.

The afternoon saw Woldgrain Members, guests and the Royal party treated to a short informative presentation followed by a cream tea on one of the hottest days of the year.

A movie showing the extent of the facilities was shot by a photographic drone showing the vast expanse of new shiny silos, dryers and stores.

Last year, Frontier Agriculture became a member of Woldgrain buying 20,000 tonnes of space, thus providing the investment needed to secure the DEFRA grant which has funded a significant part of the development.

John Burnett, managing director of Woldgrain, recognises the value to members of working in partnership with companies like Frontier.

He said: “This relationship has enabled us to deliver an improvement in infrastructure and scale that is very much to the benefit of all our members.”

“Both Woldgrain and Frontier place the grower at the heart of everything we do, and this investment demonstrates that commitment.”

Andrew Hill, grain origination team leader at Frontier, said: “The most important thing about the investment at Woldgrain is that it helps growers in the region to add value to their crops, in a strategically placed location that is close to many consumer destianations. In an increasingly volatile market, adding value and having good access to markets is vital.”