Grain and seed suppliers James Mortimer Ltd, whose business was established in Fimber in 1869 by the famous archaeologist J R Mortimer, is about to embark on an extensive £1.5 million re-location project.
The company currently operates from the historic Mortimer’s Mill at Riverhead, where staff are involved in grain trading and the sale of agricultural seeds and fertiliser.
The firm, which employs 12 Full time staff plus commission agents and seasonal staff, is about to start work on new premises on Kellythorpe Industrial Estate.
The new 2.25 acre site will comprise offices, seed production plant and a grain store.
One of the company directors, Mr Simon Minns, said: “We have been looking for new site for some years and Kelleythorpe is the perfect location.
“It will mean less traffic in town centre which will relieve congestion.”
The re-location is essential for the seed production element of the business, and the facilities will incorporate new equipment which will ensure the company can satisfy increasing demand for seed cleaning at peak times.
The new site will give the business considerable opportunities for expansion and should mean additional job creation.
The re-location will take place in July 2014.
As previously reported, Driffield town council has been discussing the possible purchase of the company’s current Riverhead base with a view to converting into a heritage centre.
Several local builders have also expressed an interest in the extensive property.
During the planning of the new venture, Mrs Jan Minns, wife of Simon Minns, had the idea of helping a charitable cause.
Mrs Minns’ sister Cathy died in March 2010, two weeks before her 50th birthday. Cathy had also lost her husband 16 years earlier - both were suffering from Cancer.
The company is therefore offering their farmer customers the opportunity to “Buy a Brick For Yorkshire Cancer Research”.
A total of 200 bricks will be available, and will form part of the reception area within the new offices.
The company hopes to raise £14,000 for the charity.
The appeal has been running for approximately five weeks, and to date 130 bricks have been purchased.