A LONG-ESTABLISHED timber packaging firm has set up base in Ellesmere Port and expects to create a large number of new jobs in the near future.

Northern Case Supplies has signed a 15-year lease on a site owned by developer St Modwen in Cromwell Road.

The wooden packaging and pallet supply company, which was founded by owner Terence Milton in 1975, has moved to the town from its Wirral base bringing more than 60 staff.

The new site was formerly used by Sankey Scott Laminations, which closed in 2007 with the loss of up to 200 jobs.

Director at Northern Case Supplies Neil Walton says easy access to the M53, M56 and North Wales made the Cromwell Road site the perfect choice.

He added: “It’s not just the location, it’s the size of the place – it gives us the vision to develop. This is a big commitment and we see the workforce increasing considerably.”

Plant manager James O’Brien said: “The site is absolutely perfect. The key thing for any successful company is infrastructure and it couldn’t be any better.”

Managing director Greg Milton added: “We are delighted to have acquired this excellent site thus enabling the continued expansion of our busy timber pallet manufacturing and export packing division.”

Michelle Taylor, St Modwen regional director, said: “To secure a letting to a well established company is great news for this site as it provides vitally important jobs in the town.

“We are exploring options for different uses on the balance of the site with Cheshire West Council and are keen to increase our investment in this key site which is an important gateway into Ellesmere Port town centre.”