A rapidly expanding insulation and dry lining distributor has chosen Newcastle as the location for its ninth UK depot with plans to create up to 30 new jobs.

Galaxy Insulation & Dry Lining has taken previously vacant space at Silver Fox Way on the New York Industrial Park.

The company, founded in Sheffield in 2009, has opened a 37,000 sq ft depot which has a service area outside of another 35,000 sq ft.

Galaxy, which employs more than 225 people across its nine sites, recruits local and knowledgeable industry experts at all its branches.

At the Newcastle depot, the company has hand-picked a specialist team which is led by Stephen Mann, who has more than 20 years of experience in insulation and dry lining distribution.

More jobs are expected to follow as the depot builds its customer base, including specialist positions for university graduates.

Galaxy, which also has depots in Sheffield, Leeds, Haydock, Birmingham, West Brom, Bedford and two in London, is a specialist distributor of insulation, dry lining, ceilings, interiors, fire protection and more.

The firm’s managing director Tracy Shepherd said the launch of the Newcastle depot marked a major step forward for the company’s growth plans.

“We have always wanted a presence in the North East but knew it was vital to have a local team with the right experience and understanding of what customers in the area expect,” he said.

“We are certain we now have the right team, led by Stephen, to deliver the competitiveness, expertise and service that the businesses in the area deserve.

“Our model is to keep things as simple as possible so the team on the ground have everything they need to provide the best customer service possible.

“Newcastle has always had iconic, famous No9s and we are delighted that this new depot in the city is our own number nine!”

Galaxy supplies products from leading manufacturers including Kingspan, Rockwool, Etex, Knauf, EcoTherm and Hush Acoustics.

The firm’s staff have extensive knowledge of all the products and the needs of the local marketplace.

Stephen Mann, Newcastle branch director said he was excited to spearhead Galaxy’s expansion into the North East and added: “Newcastle is a place close to my heart and I’m passionate about doing my bit for the local economy.

“To have a company with Galaxy’s commitment to quality customer service behind us means we can deliver exactly what a customer needs at just the time they need it.

“I’m looking forward to serving more customers across the North East as the economy opens up again.”

Galaxy’s expansion continues and it is looking at new locations. The company recently appointed leading businessman Sir Rodney Walker as non-executive group chairman.

He will provide direction for Galaxy’s strategic growth plan and work towards a potential stock market listing.

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