September 28th, 2016

Business boom leads to expansion for Redditch firm Lister

Business boom leads to expansion for Redditch firm Lister Business boom leads to expansion for Redditch firm Lister
Ben Truslove of agents John Truslove, Lister group sales manager Ivan Fisk, group sales manager Ray Bessell and branch manager Harold Griffiths.

ENGINEERING and services company Lister has expanded its Redditch presence after outgrowing its existing site in the town.

The business is organised into four main activities – listersupplies, listerfluidpower, listertube and listersubcontract.

Expansion of the tube side over the past six months meant its operations out of 21 Bartleet Street on Washford Industrial Estate were in danger of over-spilling and the decision was made to switch the industrial supplies arm there into new facilities, taking 3,812 sq ft of extra factory/warehouse space at nearby 84 Heming Road, adding a small number of additional jobs to the 150-strong workforce.

Redditch property agents John Truslove helped put the deal together.

Ray Bessell, general manager of Lister, said: “Additional business meant more machinery and so we had to do something.

“Five of the team are now based at Heming Road including an additional warehouse person and we have taken on six more people at Bartleet Street.”

Ben Truslove, a director of John Truslove, said: “Lister is a great example of a family business, building a modern and go-ahead concern on the foundations of a long and proud heritage.

“Redditch has many manufacturing and service companies and this move by Lister on the popular Washford estate is another example of how vital the sector is to the town and how the town embraces the needs of the sector. Every new job counts.”

James Lister and Sons Limited, which has agreed a three year lease on 84 Heming Road, was established more than 140 years ago in Tipton when in 1874 local schoolteacher, James Lister, established a hardware and ironmongery shop.