Delivery vehicle maker opens seventh plant as online retail demand continues to grow

Delivery vehicle maker Solomon Commercials has opened its seventh plant as demand for its vans continues to grow with the growth of online shopping.

The 35,000 square foot Darwen facility will focus on building vehicles to service this online retail market. It will house a workforce of 80, headed by plant manager Scott Atheis.

This means that the Lancashire company now has over 240,000 square feet of production facilities which produce over 3,500 vehicles each year.

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Anthony Clegg, Sales Director at Solomon Commercials, added: “Overall, the e-commerce industry is growing every year, but more and more companies are now looking to operate online.

“The pandemic has acted as a catalyst for businesses to pivot their operations. This has caused an increase in demand, which is likely to become the norm as more businesses feel comfortable operating a business.

“We will now be able to manufacture up to 1,500 vehicles at this single plant and we expect that number to increase year on year as companies seek to operate highly efficient urban vehicles. Our new facility will help us comfortably meet current and future levels of industry demand.

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Anne G. Cash