Guenther Bakeries UK Limited is expanding its UK operations after signing a lease with Goodman for 106,000 sq. ft. of high-specification warehouse space at Lyons Park, Coventry.
The company is part of Texas-headquartered C.H. Guenther & Son (CHG) Inc, a leading international supplier of bakery products to restaurants and food retailers that employs more than 4,000 people across 29 locations in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. The Lyons 106 facility marks the division’s fourth UK site and first in the Midlands.
Set to be fully operational in the first half of 2023, it will support Guenther Bakeries to fulfil a contract supplying baked goods to well-known global brands, creating up to 100 new jobs in the local area.
Strategically placed at the heart of the Midlands, with fast access to the M42, M6 and M1 and within easy reach of the A45 trunk road linking Coventry and Birmingham, the facility is ideally suited for the production, storage and distribution of fresh baked goods, supported by a skilled local workforce.
Lyons 106 is designed to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ specification and is targeting an EPC ‘A’ rating. Supporting Guenther Bakeries’ environmental commitments to reduce electricity, natural gas and water intensity and reach a target of zero waste to landfill, Lyons 106 is highly sustainable, including a full rooftop array of solar PV, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and a water recycling system.
Construction of the building will be complete in July, with Guenther Bakeries undertaking a substantial fit out utilising the latest technologies available. Guenther Bakeries has partnered with equipment manufacturers who are the leaders in their field to ensure this facility will produce high quality products on equipment that has been manufactured to ensure sustainability.
The significant investment underlies Guenther Bakeries’ commitment to the region.
“CHG is committed to high-quality products. Sustainability and flexibility are key considerations for us when looking for this latest facility,” says John Buckles, president and CEO of CHG. “We required a site that will support our global environmental and sustainability commitments, which was a key driver in securing our customer contract.
“Goodman’s Lyons 106 development was the ideal choice, blending a strategic location with high-quality, sustainable facilities, and equipped with the latest technology. This will support our mission to continue to innovate both our products and our business and to respond to changing customer needs.”
Coventry is an established industrial, logistics and manufacturing hub, offering a large talent pool of 25,000 people employed in manufacturing, transportation and storage.** Guenther Bakeries joins a number of leading companies operating from Lyons Park, including Amazon and Jaguar Land Rover.
Nigel Dolan, Development Director at Goodman, said:
“Goodman is pleased to be supporting Guenther Bakeries’ next phase of continued growth and entry into the Midlands, where Coventry’s strategic location and access to a skilled local workforce will drive operational efficiency in fulfilling its largest customer. We look forward to seeing the positive effects that Guenther Bakeries’ arrival will have locally, including providing up to 100 new jobs.”
“Goodman’s ethos and commitment to quality mirrors our own, and we believe its Lyons 106 development will become a key asset in CHG’s European growth,” says Jean-Charles Philippon, managing director for CHG in Europe.
About C.H. Guenther & Son
San Antonio-based C.H. Guenther & Son is a leading food manufacturer that has delivered high-quality products and “just baked from scratch” flavor for 170 years. Founded in Texas in 1851, the global company employs more than 4,000 people in 29 manufacturing locations in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe. CHG is a leading supplier of value-added grain-based and frozen food products for foodservice clients and select consumer markets. CHG’s well-loved retail brands such as Pioneer, White Wings, Sun-Bird and Cuisine Adventures have been included at family meals for generations. CHG is owned by Pritzker Private Capital (PPC) along with management and other co-investors. Visit us at www.chg.com.
Goodman Group is an integrated property group with operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, North America and Brazil. Goodman Group, comprised of the stapled entities Goodman Limited, Goodman Logistics (HK) Limited and Goodman Industrial Trust, is the largest industrial property group listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the largest listed specialist investment managers of industrial property and business space globally.
Goodman’s global property expertise, integrated own+develop+manage customer service offering and significant investment management platform ensures it creates innovative property solutions that meet the individual requirements of its customers, while seeking to deliver sustainable long-term returns for its Partners. For more information: https://uk.goodman.com/