CLAAS UK and MANNS site opens in Saxham Business Park near Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmundsmotorists will have seen it slowly taking shape, as they drive past along the A14.
Now, after three years of work, the CLAAS UK headquarters in Saxham Business Park has officially opened.
Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser, head of the family-owned business, opened the site this morning, which will also be used by MANNS. The online ribbon cutting event was attended by local business owners and politicians.
Earlier this week, our photographer Mark Westley was given exclusive access to the new site and we can now bring you a gallery of his photographs.
Trevor Tyrrell, CLAAS UK chief executive, said: “The design gives us a building that is fit for the 21st century.
“This new development shows the confidence and commitment of both the CLAAS Group and the Claas family to CLAAS in the UK, and also to west Suffolk where we are now one of the largest employers.”
The opening of the 33,000sqm warehouse marks the end of a multi-million pound redevelopment stage for CLAAS, which has already opened a training academy and a new specific parts warehouse on the site. More than 130 people will be employed, making it the largest of their UK operations.
CLAAS, which is globally headquartered in Germany, is well-known for production of tractors, mowers, rakes, and tedders, while it is considered the European leader for combine harvesters.
In addition to offices for both companies, the striking 16.5m high building also incorporates an impressive full height, glass fronted Technoparc machinery showroom. To the rear is a state-of-the-art 10-bay workshop complex for MANNS and a large 4,336sqm parts warehouse for CLAAS UK.
Mr Tyrrell added: “It will improve the customer experience for MANNS and for visitors to CLAAS UK, plus it will also enable us to provide a superb working environment for our employees.”