Yorkshire animal feed manufacturer breaks ground on new £20m production facility

A Yorkshire animal feed manufacturer has broken ground on a new £20m production facility, the largest investment in the firm's 120-year history.

I’Anson Brothers has started construction on its new 23,000 sq ft mill at Dalton New Bridge after Hambleton District Council planning committee unanimously approved the project earlier this year.

The state-of-the-art facility has been designed to be super energy efficient and, once constructed, will be one of the most technologically advanced feed mills in Europe. The increased production capacity will complement I’Anson’s existing plant at Masham and enable the firm to meet increasing demand from existing customers, as well as secure new orders and expand its export operations.

I’Anson currently employs 90 people from the local community. The new mill will maintain the firm’s existing workforce and also create additional jobs, with more expected to follow as the company expands further in the future.

I’Anson Brothers Ltd. begins work on new £20m mill

Pictured: Front (L-R) Will I’Anson (sales director) and Chris I’Anson (chairman & MD). Rear (L-R) Lindsay Ross (Dalton 009) Mark Robson (leader, Hambleton District Council) Mark Smith (HACS Construction Group) & Kevin Baker (project design manager)

Image credit: I’Anson Brothers

Chris I’Anson, chairman and managing director of I’Anson Brothers, said:

“This is a fitting way to celebrate our 120th anniversary as a business and as the single biggest investment in our history, lays down a marker for our ambition and future growth as a proud Yorkshire firm, exporter and employer.”

Cllr Mark Robson, leader of Hambleton District Council, commented:

“Having one of the most advanced feed mills in Europe based in Hambleton – on an expanding Dalton estate – is great news for the district.

“Not only will it bring with it new jobs, it will also boost our local economy. Dalton Industrial Estate is an ideal location with its great transport links and access to world class businesses.”

Construction of the mill itself is expected to last for 18 months, with completion and commissioning scheduled for autumn 2022.

I’Anson’s headquarters will remain in Masham, where it will continue to manufacture an extensive range of micronized feeds, specialty rations and horse feeds. The new mill at Dalton New Bridge will focus on the production of bulk farm feeds.