OPEN DAY TO CELEBRATE 25th ANNIVERSARY AND £325,000 FACTORY EXPANSION

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A Lincolnshire designer of vegetable harvesting machinery will officially open its new production facility at the end of February.

Scotts Precision Manufacturing is staging an Open Day on February 28th and is inviting existing and potential customers and suppliers to have a look round its new 12,500 square feet factory on the outskirts of Boston.

The company, which is best known for its range of class-leading haulm toppers and the Evolution separator, has invested over £325,000 in the project, which has seen the company double the size of its manufacturing area.

With support from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Lindsey Action Zone LEADER Fund, Scotts has added new office space, storeroom and paint shop to its Eastville site.

As well as showing people around the new factory and providing an overview of its product range, Scotts will also be treating visitors to a hog roast as it celebrates its 25th year in business.

"Over the last five years we've seen demand for our toppers and Evolution separator grow significantly," says Derek Scott, managing director of Scotts. "We were struggling for space and extending the factory was the only way we could see us continuing to deliver machines on time. It's been really enjoyable to see the build develop and we'd like to thank the team at East Lindsey District Council and the LEADER grant for helping us turn our dreams into a reality. The new factory is really helping us and we're pleased to say that orders continue to come in for both the toppers and the Evolution, which is fantastic. We're looking forward to thanking our customers at the end of the month and showing them around our new home!"

Derek started the business 25 years ago, initially to service and trade potato machinery.

Scotts' focus moved quite quickly from maintaining farm equipment to designing and manufacturing a range of machines. Scotts' range of four toppers is used during the harvesting of potatoes to remove the haulm from the crop.

Scotts' innovative Evolution separator quickly and effectively removes stones, clod and loose soil from a wide range of vegetables.

More recently, Scotts has worked with Lincolnshire County Council to develop an innovative verge harvester. The giant machine which is connected to a conventional tractor allows grass cutting contractors to collect grass clippings from roadsides. The clippings are then sent to AD Plants, where they are converted into energy.