Founded originally in 1969 as a pork scratchings producer, the company has been known as Essentia Protein Solutions since 2015 and forms part of a global business that operates across all continents, specializing in the manufacture of meat protein solutions.
The investment includes the acquisition of four additional units to expand operations and support future growth with Factory manager, Paul Setchells, commenting: “Whilst some businesses in need of more space may consider a move to another location, remaining here in Tipton was never in doubt for us. It was an easy decision for us to make as our skilled workforce and the supply chain on which we rely, make here the right place for us to continue growing the business.
Essentia Proteins currently employs 54 people from Tipton and the surrounding area and has plans to further invest in developing and upskilling their workforce in the medium term. Paul said: “Whilst we do not have immediate plans to create any new positions, the investment we have made does mean that we are able to consolidate our existing workforce and we will continue to invest in our people to raise the skill level, making us more efficient operator and, therefore, more attractive to our customers.”
The Tipton site is the only protein factory within the wider group that is located in the UK, and as such we are able to offer the British meat industry value for money, said Paul Setchell: “The uncertainty brought on by Brexit continues to cause a lot of volatility in the food manufacturing sector with inflation and currency fluctuations impacting many producers heavily.
“Therefore, our customers look to us to for a cost effective solution that doesn’t impact quality. Our track record of achieving this has lead to sustained demand for our service, and whilst we have kept future growth projections relatively conservative, the standard of our products mean that we’re confident of enjoying continued growth.
“The recent expansion of our infrastructure here has, therefore, been based around both projected and existing demand. The initial two units that we have taken on have allowed us to store finished product on site, bringing it under our control, a move which has already has a positive effect on customer satisfaction levels. The further acquisition, of the additional two units in the town has been a strategic move to support us in our future growth plans.
Finally, Setchells adds, “We have invested in a complete renovation of the new sites from the ground up, removing the existing infrastructure, repainting throughout, re-cladding the roof and installing over £100,000 of specialist equipment to make the most efficient use of the additional square footage.”