While an official opening was not be possible, the team at Grimme UK’s new £3m depot have still found a way to celebrate – supplying its 2000th de-stoner to a leading vegetable grower.

A month after moving into the Market Weighton depot, it has supplied a milestone CS 150 Combi-Star separator to one of Yorkshire's largest root vegetable growers. With its unique mix of star rollers and main webs, it was sold to MH Poskitt, which grows, washes, packs, and distributes carrots, potatoes, swedes, parsnips and pumpkins for supermarkets.

Patrick Graf Grote, managing director of Grimme UK, said: "It was a real surprise to us all to see that the serial number indicated that this was the 2000th CS 150 Combi-Star to be manufactured and it was great to see it going to one of the UK's leading vegetable growers and a long-standing local customer."

The CS 150 Combi-Star has 25% more sieving capacity than traditional systems due to its efficient and powerful patented RotaPower shaft, which crumbles the compacted soil and prepares it for increased sieving. The RotaPower shaft also significantly reduces the wear and tear of the star rollers and main web.

"We have some very stony and cloddy fields in Yorkshire, so wanted a machine that could perform well. We already own six Grimme de-stoners and they never let us down, that's why we went for the CS 150 Combi-Star," said James Bramley, the business' vegetable farm manager

"As always, Grimme UK customised the machine to suit our exact needs and now they are just down the road it will be very easy for us to have the machine serviced and to get hold of spare parts when we need them. The fact our machine is the 2000th one to be manufactured shows what a great piece of kit it is!"

Grimme UK relocated to the Market Weighton site in the middle of February, following 11 years in Dunnington, near York.