United Co-op subsidiary Norpak says the doubling of its coldstore capacity to 14,000 pallets is now starting to pay dividends. Over the Christmas period it found additional capacity was badly needed. Managing director Gerry Finnerty says utilisation is now at capacity and is looking to possible further expansion over the next five years. "We're also looking to maximise loads by building up expertise in cross docking and back loading," says Finnerty. Following the appointment of Roy Williams to the new post of transport development manager, the company has added tramping' to its operations. "We started slowly with just one vehicle on the road all week picking up loads and delivering wherever there was demand and, thanks to our reputation for meeting delivery times, we see potential for expansion this year," says Williams. The company has also opened its own HGV driver training school to help tackle the national driver shortage. Since the school opened late last year, four Norpak drivers have gained their Class 1 licence. {{FOCUS SPECIALS }}