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Scotts doubles size of Lincolnshire factory

February 14, 2019 by  
Filed under Machinery

Scotts Precision Manufacturing is to more than double the size of its Lincolnshire factory this year after a substantial grant from the Rural Development Programme for England.

Based at Eastville, near Boston, the vegetable handling and harvesting machinery manufacturer has been granted planning permission for a 6,000ft² building with overhead 5-tonne crane, which will house its assembly area, a two-storey office block and stores.

The £275,000 “Slate Worx” expansion project began earlier this month with completion expected by July this year. Once completed, the enlarged facility will help Scotts realise its ambitions of doubling its production levels over the course of the next 24 months.

A minimum of four new full-time members of staff will be recruited as part of the grant agreement over the next three years.

“We are very grateful to the team from Lindsey Action Zone LEADER Fund for helping to fund this exciting expansion plan,” says managing director Derek Scott.

Changes in pesticide regulations – and the banning of Diquat – has seen an unprecedented number of enquiries about the company’s Trinity range of haulm toppers. “We are enjoying a really buoyant period with lots of interest in our Evolution Separator both in the UK and overseas.”

New machinery

As well as investing in the new building, Scotts is purchasing a suite of new machinery to allow it to meet demand. A new state of the art CNC lathe and a CNC press brake for folding steel is on the company’s shopping list.

Once the new factory is complete, Scotts will be able to drive forward the development of its Verge Harvester, an innovative piece of machinery to collect grass cuttings from roadsides and transfer it to biomass plants, where it can be transformed into electricity.

Scotts successfully trialled its new machine with Lincolnshire County Council during summer 2018, receiving several enquiries from other local authorities as a result.

“Having extra space and new staff will allow us to develop the machine further and help other local authorities save money on their roadside grass cutting while also increasing the amount of cheap electricity they produce through processing cuttings through biomass plants.”

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