Teesside logisitics business AV Dawson has named its new port facility Port of Middlesbrough, bringing a name back to the area from over 100 years ago

AV Dawson has amalgamated several parts of its Middlesbrough-based port and logistics operations to form one, integrated port facility as it drives forward with further growth and expansion.

The business has called this new facility Port of Middlesbrough in honour of a port that was on  the same stretch of the River Tees back in the 1830s, prior to the construction of Middlesbrough Dock.

Gary Dawson, managing director at AV Dawson said: “Over the years, we’ve acquired various sites as we’ve expanded our operations and its become a challenge to describe succinctly what AV Dawson Ltd is.

“We wanted to consolidate under one new encompassing brand and image, but with a continuation of the AV Dawson name and legacy. ‘Port of Middlesbrough – an AV Dawson facility’ fits with our history and reflects the growth of our business and the town.

“Being a Teesside family business, founded over 80 years ago, the history of the area is really important to us so it seemed logical to reignite the Port of Middlesbrough name.”

The new port marks the start of a three-year port masterplan to further develop the site, which will go on to create further jobs and investment in the local area.

This plan, an investment of over £10 million, includes the construction of a plastic waste recycling plant, a new headoffice and the enhancement of AV Dawson’s existing quayside to accommodate larger vessels.