A Lynn-based refrigeration company has seen such rapid growth in the last 18 months that it has opened a new head office to accommodate its expansion.
JD Cooling, on North Lynn Industrial Estate, has increased staff from 40 to more than 60, and has opened regional offices in Scotland and, more recently, Manchester.
Last week North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham visited the company to hear about its success story and officially opened its new HQ.
Having formed JD Power Systems in 2012, another company in the form of JD Industrial Cooling Systems has been added to the group.
This new company is involved in large scale projects and compliments JD Cooling’s core business, of serving the UK’s food industry with cutting edge installations.
Some of these include a gold medal award-winning factory built to produce M&S sandwiches in one of the most environmentally friendly production units in the UK. Other projects include a new factory due to be opened in Wales by Prince Charles, which produces high end party food, a new cooked foods factory in Lincoln, a new food factory in Scotland, a specialist installation for two facilities in London plus numerous other UK projects installing new cooling systems into the agricultural sector for storage of key crops. This is still very much a key part of JD’s business based in Lynn.
This continued expansion has led to more high quality jobs and every staff member who has completed 12 months service receives a bonus based on the financial performance of the group.
Said JD managing director John Dye: “It is something I have continued through the 16 years we have been in business and it always gives me great satisfaction to reward every employee who has helped to contribute to our success. We can only pay a bonus if we are successful but this success is only possible with each member of the team striving to deliver high levels of service to our clients.” JD’s retention of employees is one of the highest in the sector and it has also won more awards for its apprenticeship programme than any other UK based refrigeration company.
Said Mr Dye: “Our turnover has grown to almost £14 million at the end of this last financial year and this has only been possible through the continued and rapid recruitment of key, quality personnel. This new building provides these people with the working environment they deserve and will hopefully allow them to continue to perform their daily miracles for our many UK wide clients.”