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Leading timber supplier Y Goldberg and their parent company Premier Forest Products stock a comprehensive range of hardwood and softwood timber, panel and sheet materials, and fencing and landscaping products.

Background & Brief

Premier Goldberg have recently established their first site in Langley and, with two warehouses covering an area of 53,000 square feet, it is more than double the size of the old site. Before moving to the new site, Premier Goldberg asked their materials handling and storage systems partner Locators Ltd to make a proposal for a range of cantilever racking in the new warehouses and recommendations for a new fleet of materials handling equipment.

Locators proposed a combination of 4-high cantilever racking for long packs of timber in phase 1 and then, for phase 2, shorter sections of cantilever racking for storage of sheet materials. Through careful planning and design, the racking systems were arranged to maximise the storage capacity of the warehouses and allow for efficient loading and unloading.


The recommendation for the forklift fleet in phase 1 was four Combilift CB4000 LPG-powered multidirectional counterbalance trucks which are well suited for handling the long loads and maximising warehouse space. Three new Toyota Tonero 8FGJF35 gas forklifts were proposed for phase 2 for moving the smaller sheet products and loading lorries. The new Toyota trucks have been supplied with the award-winning Toyota I_Site Fleet Manager system which provides access control, impact sensors and pre-op checks. These features allow Premier Goldberg to monitor fleet utilisation, reduce truck, racking and product damage, improve Health & Safety and increase uptime through proper forklift checks.

Locators are an independent company established in 1985. Their knowledge and experience can help your business improve productivity, reduce costs and give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever Racking

Open-fronted, cantilever racking overcomes problems associated with storing long loads on standard racking. Cantilever racking can be loaded with products of any length and it can also be decked to make then suitable for storage of almost any product.

Combi CB4

Orginal multidirectional counterbalance forklift truck

Load Capacity

4.0 tonnes

Maximum Lift Height

4.04 m

“We have worked with Locators for nearly 20 years. We are confident they can always make the best use of the space we have available and provide us with forklifts that are well suited for the long loads and other stock we have to move.”

Colin Macgregor

Director, Y Goldberg, Premier Forest Products Ltd.

Their extensive product range encompasses timber-based products, softwoods, hardwoods and fencing materials, utilising supplies from as far as China and Brazil, to local plantations at home.

Phase Two - Background & Brief

Leading timber supplier Premier Goldberg’s Langley branch is perfectly located to service the whole of central London and the South East. Their trade counter welcomes pre-arranged appointments to collect and is managed by a team of experienced and dedicated colleagues.

Locators are considered a trusted partner in Premier Goldberg’s business and had previous experience working on their newer Langley site. Covering 53,000 square feet, it’s more than double the size of their previous sites. We had installed cantilever racking for this ongoing project to accommodate long/sheet pack timber loads. Used in conjunction with this, we provided Combilift multi-directional trucks and Toyota 8FGJF35 LPG counterbalance forklifts.

Phase Two - Solution

Due to the growing success of Premier Goldberg, expansion was inevitable. Upon returning to their site, Locators were asked to help optimise and alter storage operations in their second unit. As more floor space for bulk stacking was required, more than half of the installed cantilever racking had to be removed. However, wherever possible, Premier Goldberg wanted to reduce the number of rack storage locations that would potentially be lost.

We proposed a number of ideas on how they could best re-use the dismantled rack in other areas of the building. Despite there being little remaining space available, we managed to maintain over 60% of the lost storage locations. This was achieved through reconfiguring and repositioning the racks. This included cutting some of the heavy-duty I-section uprights down in height, on-site.

Storage Systems

Get more out of the space you have

At Locators, we know that every business is unique, and this is where the capability and experience of our storage division really shines. One form of racking might be a fantastic fit in Warehouse A but ill-suited to Warehouse B. Our integrated approach to material handling equipment (MHE) and storage solutions helps isolate this.

Toyota Tonero 8FGJF35

With Torque convertor

Load Capacity

1.5 – 3.5 tonnes

Maximum Lift Height

7.0 m


“We’ve developed a great partnership with Locators over the years, and their dedication to storage solutions is evident in all aspects of our site. They’re well versed in their field and a dream to work with. We really appreciate their attention to detail, creative approach and guidance in further optimising our business. Thanks again.”

Sarah Mawdsley

Depot Manager, Y Goldberg, Premier Forest Products Ltd.