The Early Years – 1950-1980
In the early part of the last century the Langdons were farmers and trappers in West Somerset. The family was led by the formidable Bessie Langdon who built up a successful business trading in rabbit, poultry and egg products. In 1955 the company diversified into road haulage when Tone Vale Transport was formed.
Philip Langdon along with his brother William developed the road haulage business in the late 50’s and 60’s. During this period the company diversified into refrigerated haulage by acquiring a company trading as Taunton Meat Haulage. By the early 1970’s Langdons interests included warehousing and cold storage as well as the two growing haulage firms and a Mercedes-Benz car dealership.
William Langdon died in 1967 but Philip Langdon continued developing the business until 1974 when he sold out to TKM Ltd, who named the group of companies they had bought as “Langdon Industries Ltd”. Philip Langdon was retained as managing director and the company prospered under its new owners throughout the remainder of the 70’s.
By 1980 Philip Langdon was nearing retirement and wanted to become the part-time Chairman
1980: TKM appoint Mike Donoghue as managing director.
1981: Company moves to a new site at Walford Cross (Taunton)
1983: Mr Philip Langdon retires from the business.
1985: TKM decide to sell all their transport subsidiaries and the former directors led by Mike Donoghue take the opportunity to buy the company.
1986: Company image changed and the familiar blue arrow trademark emerges
1989: Gerber Foods Soft Drinks Ltd. at Bridgwater began producing chilled fruit juice and appointed Langdons as their transport contractor.
1993: Part of the warehouse at Walford Cross is converted to a chill store to accommodate Gerber's chilled fruit juices.
1994: Gerber moved in and Langdons entered into the world of storage, order picking and final delivery JIT (just in time).
1995: A further 25,000 square feet of chill space was constructed at Walford Cross and designated Chill 3
1997: Contract agreed with Procter and Gamble for the UK logistics associated with their new chilled drink “Sunny Delight” which was to be packed by Gerber.
1998: New 5,000 pallet chill store constructed to accomodate Procter & Gamble Sunny Delight contract.
1999: Additional 10,000 pallet chill store at Bridgwater dedicated to P&G opened in June 1999. But, within a year of the opening, sales of “Sunny Delight” were in steep decline and the Bridgwater depot became a shared user facility and the Gerber chilled storage operation moved from Walford Cross to Bridgwater.
During the late 90’s we had started to develop the ChillNet service, offering groupage deliveries of small chilled and frozen consignments wih a number of partners – Tom Granby in Liverpool and Luton, Tibbett & Brittan in Glasgow and Nagel UK in Dover.
2000: New depot opened in Peterborough operating from shared user site owned by TDG
2002: Tom Granby (Liverpool) Ltd was sold to DBC Foodservice. Langdons take over transport and warehouse operations at Luton and transport only operations at Liverpool.
2003: New 2000 pallet capacity freezer with mobile racking built within the Chill store at Bridgwater. This was part of the conversion of storage at Bridgwater from dedicated to shared-user.
2004: Langdons acquired by Nagel-Group based in Versmold, Germany. Under the terms of the deal the directors were required to remain with the company for a period of 5 years.
2005: Management review transfers control of the Nagel Logistics UK depots in Redditch and Dover to Langdons. NLUK retains control of international movements through Dover.
2006: Gerber Juice build a new factory at Express Park, on the northern outskirts of Bridgwater. Gerber’s chilled juice logistics operation transferred to Express Park from Langdons Showground Road depot and managed by Langdons under contract.
2007: Arran Osman promoted to managing director and Mike Donoghue takes up the position of part-time Chairman.
New two storey Head Office building constructed at Showground Road together with another 2000 pallet frozen storage facility within the existing building.
Walford Cross depot sold to a property developer.
2008: Mike Donoghue retired and Simon Holder took over the position of Company Chairman
Langdons purchase leasehold at Liverpool depot following relocation of Rail Gourmet contract by DBC and now have full control of transport and warehouse operations.
2009: Glasgow depot opened. Identical to the arrangements at Luton and Peterborough, the operation was situated on the TDG site just off the M8 in the Shieldhall region of the city.
2010: Barnsley depot opened situated just off the M1 near Barnsley, we now serve the whole of the UK with a network of nine depots.
Service frequency and reliability saw pallet volumes moving through the network continue to grow to the extent that further investment in depot infrastructure was required.
2011: New Redditch depot opened with 5000 pallet storage capacity (frozen and chilled) and 16 loading bays plus on-site fuel storage. Representing a total investment of nearly £9M.
2013: Company name changed to Nagel Langdons Ltd and adopted the livery of our parent company the Nagel-Group, initiating a lengthy re-branding process encompassing the fleet livery, company website, trade press advertising, employee uniforms, signage and stationery etc. The intention is to improve awareness of the Nagel brand in the UK market whilst retaining a strong link to the original brand.
2014: New depot opened in Motherwell after a 10 acre site at the Eurocentral Business Park was purchased. The existing ambient warehouse was converted in to a temperature-controlled storage and cross-dock facility, including 1,350 chilled and frozen storage positions and chilled cross docking capacity of up to 500 pallets per hour. The site includes parking for up to 100 LGV’s, on-site fuel, vehicle workshop and truck wash facilities.
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