As well as main contractor Wharton Construction, Darlington-based ADG Architects, Durham civil engineers BDN and PTS Demolition, of Shildon, County Durham, are all involved, as are Aycliffe-based John Wade Group and SCH Site Services.

Mr Stiller added: “There are several other sub-contractors based on Aycliffe Business Park we’re extremely pleased to be working with.

“It has seriously been very much our ambition to support local jobs, so we’re always steered towards using local companies.”

The business’ turnover by the end of 2017 is expected to hit £14.4m, up £2.5m from £11.9m in 2016, which is made up of £10.2m from distribution and £4.2m warehousing.

Founded when a former German prisoner of war sold a herd of pigs and bought a truck, the company stores goods and parts for wellknown national brands and local businesses, including industrial mask maker 3M.

 Source – The Northern Echo