A worldwide distribution centre that is set to create around 150 jobs has been officially opened in Lancashire.
The new Parcelforce Wordwide centre in Chorley is part of a UK-wide expansion programme by the company, Royal Mail Group’s express parcel business, which has already created 130 new jobs in the town.
In total, it is expected up to around 150 jobs will be created by the centre in the town over the next three years.
Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle was on hand to open the 6,000 square metre centre in Buckshaw Avenue.
He said: “I am delighted that Parcelforce Worldwide is expanding its Chorley operation.
“I welcome the creation of local jobs for constituents.
“As well as being a UK and international parcel delivery service, Parcelforce Worldwide is a local business and employer.
“I’m pleased that businesses and individuals in Chorley can benefit from this service.
“Once again, this shows the how attractive Chorley’s logistical location is for businesses who need quick access to the motorway network and different regions of the UK.”
Peter Jones, processing centre manager, said: “It is an essential part of our investment to grow our business. It will enable us to handle more parcels for the north of England and Scotland, while ensuring we continue to provide a very high level of service to all of our customers.”
The new purpose-built parcels processing centre in Chorley is one of 12 new or expanded depots in the past year by Parcelforce UK.