The first phase of a multi-million pound, three-stage investment programme at Frontier Agriculture’s Kent hub in Wingham officially opened this week.
The site previously operated as Grain Harvesters and became part of the Frontier business in 2014.
Investment since then, topping £2 million during this first stage, has centred on improving site efficiency, capacity and safety for the 19 people employed there and their arable farmer customers, according to Frontier.
Work completed in phase one includes: Relocation and building of a new weighbridge; new roadways and water capture infrastructure and a state-of-the-art, purpose built laboratory for testing grain quality.
Andrew Flux, group commercial strategy director from Frontier who officially opened the site said: “This opening is a demonstration of our commitment to farming in the region. We are particularly keen to invest in Kent because we see it as a region of opportunity for growers as well as an area where we can strengthen and develop the whole supply chain.
“As well as this new hub at Wingham, we also have sites within our group at Wrotham (The Agronomy Partnership - TAP) and Appledore (Anglia Grain Services - AGS).
“In Kent there’s lots of potential for farmers to access a number of key markets for their grain but to help them do that we needed to create a storage and handling facility capable of handling increasing demand and Wingham will do that.”
The Kent hub is ideally positioned to enable Frontier to link growers to a number of profitable markets, according to Frontier.
These include mills - one on site and the chicken feed mill in Ashford. Further afield the site has links with maltsters in East Anglia and export markets via links with local ports.
Mr Flux added: “It’s great to see the first phase come to fruition and we’re already beginning work on phases two and three. Over the next couple of years we will spend several million pounds more on improvements including 20,000 tonnes of grain storage and elevation infrastructure to manage the movement of grain around site. Kent is now firmly on the map for Frontier.”