While Covid made it impossible for Grimme UK to celebrate the opening of its new £3 million Market Weighton depot, the company has found a way to celebrate by supplying its 2000th de-stoner to one of the country’s leading vegetable growers.
The CS 150 Combi Star, which features a mix of star rollers and main webs to deliver excellent stone and clod separation, was sold to MH Poskitt and was the first unit of its kind to be delivered to the 15,000 square foot depot.
MH Poskitt grows, washes, packs and distributes carrots, potatoes, swedes, parsnips and pumpkins for supermarkets, will use the CS 150 Combi Star on its Yorkshire farms. Like all of Grimme’s machinery, the de-stoner was manufactured in Germany but delivered to Market Weighton for inspection and customisation to the customer’s requirements.
“It’s fitting that this milestone machine should be the first separator to leave our new Market Weighton depot,” said Patrick Graf Grote, managing director at Grimme UK. “It was a real surprise to us all to see that the serial number indicated that this was the 2,000th CS 150 Combi-Star to be manufactured, and it is great to see it going to one of the UK’s leading vegetable growers and a long-standing local customer for GRIMME UK.”
James Bramley, farm manager for MH Poskitt, said: “We have some very stony and cloddy fields in Yorkshire, so wanted a machine that could perform well. We already own six Grimme de-stoners and they never let us down, that’s why we went for the CS 150 Combi-Star. As always, Grimme UK has customised the machine to suit our exact needs, and now they are just down the road it will be very easy for us to have the machine serviced and to get hold of spare parts when we need them. The fact our machine is the 2000th one to be manufactured shows what a great piece of kit the CS 150 is!”
Grimme UK relocated to the Market Weighton site in the middle of February, following eleven years in Dunnington, near York.
The company states that it simply ran out of room in the previous facility, following increases in the customer base and the number of team members employed by the company. This was combined with the need to hold more stock and space requirements to work on larger machines.
“Our new purpose-built, state-of-the-art depot means we can carry probably the largest stock of replacement webs in the North of the country. We can also easily undertake servicing and repairs on machines of all sizes – from the smallest to the largest. And, when circumstances allow, we will be able to welcome groups for operator training and refresher courses on our machines,” added Mr Graf Grote.
For more information go to www.grimme.com/uk