Manufacturer Wahl UK’s Herne Bay site on market ahead of Manston move

The Wahl site in Herne Bay is on the market

The Herne Bay site of grooming products manufacturer Wahl UK is on the market ahead of a move by the firm to Manston.

The global clippers and styling appliances giant has put the industrial estate site, based in Sea Street, on the market for offers in the region of £4.5million through isle-based Clarke & Crittenden.

The 67,597 sq ft site, which has neighbours including City Electrical Factors, Build Base, and Jewsons, includes offices and warehouses.

The company is expanding operations to a a 97,000 sq ft site at Manston, thought to be the former Cummins manufacturing area, off Columbus Avenue.

The move is a result of the company’s growth with the workforce expanding to 80 (from 73) people. The new building secures continued expansion plans. The purpose-built facility provides an opportunity for productivity savings with planned investment for improving energy efficiency and creating a better working environment for staff in all areas.

David Goodman, Wahl (UK) Ltd Managing Director, said: “When considering the move, staff retention was our number one priority and I am delighted that everyone has embraced the opportunity and we have worked out a plan that should result in 100% retention.”

In 2016 Cummins announced the relocation of generator assembly operations to Daventry, India and China and a reduced footprint at Manston with a new regional distribution and logistics centre at the factory site.

Wahkl began in the US and now has a global business employing 2,200  people. Accounts for Wahl UK show it had  had made a profit after taxation of £4.8 million by year end 2016.