Thursday, May 12, 2016

News: Rotherham pet food factory to close

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Rotherham-based Pointer Pet Products is being relocated just months after the business was acquired.

The dog treat manufacturing business was acquired by Lincolnshire pet food manufacturer Fold Hill Foods Ltd earlier this year.

Based at Eastwood, Pointer distributes its products to bespoke pet food retailers and supermarkets. Established in 1959, Pointers started producing dog mixer biscuits, but over recent years has expanded the product range to include a wide range of other baked and extruded dog biscuit snacks and complimentary treats.

Fold Hill is a family-run business based in Boston, Lincolnshire that has been making dog food for over 40 years. Diversifying from farming, the company now employs 150 people and has a high-performance bakery that produces 35,000 tonnes of quality pet food per year.

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Having conducted a detailed review into the company's operations in Rotherham, Fold Hill concluded that, for economic reasons, it is not viable to continue manufacturing at the site in Rotherham.

The company said in a statement: "As of the end of May we will be relocating all Pointer operations to our Fold Hill site in Boston. Aside from the change in location, business will remain as usual.

"I look forward to discussing our job opportunities at Fold Hill Foods for those who have expressed an interest in relocating or working at our factory in Lincolnshire. We will endeavour to relocate anybody who wishes to give thought to such an opportunity.

"This is not a decision that we have taken lightly and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff at Pointer for their hard work and continued efforts so far under our ownership."

Pointer survived going into administration in 2009. The business entered administration following liquidity issues within its then parent company, the Rodi Group, which has operations in Germany and the Netherlands, compounded by the cost of investment in additional production and packaging lines.

Backed by private investors, a new company was formed to take over the Rotherham operations that employed 50 people in 2010. Two years later, US private equity firm, Swander Pace Capital acquired Pointer Pet Products Limited.

Fold Hill Foods website

Images: Pointer Pet Products

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