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Ontario East transportation and distribution industry gets a timely boost

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Top industry publication showcases Cornwall

If it’s a perfect storm, it is the kind that Cornwall will gladly weather. The September 2012 issue of Truck News is featuring the evolution of Cornwall as an alternative to Toronto for the shipment of goods.

In the article, entitled “Beyond the GTA”, authors James Menzies and Adam Ledlow quote Kevin Maynard, the executive Director of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council.

“Combined with the ability of the municipality to provide serviced land at the size that’s required for distribution centres, access to transportation, access to other markets and the availability to service land is the primary reason why large-scale distribution centres are being located in Cornwall. So it is a perfect storm,” he said.

The article looks at community efforts in Cornwall, as well as Hamilton, to build on a track record of investment and growing transportation activity. In Cornwall, it is impressive.

-Supply Chain Management – 1.4 million sq.ft. distribution centre for Walmart Canada
-Target – 1.3 million sq.ft. distribution centre (currently wrapping up construction)
-Shoppers Drug Mart – 600,000 sq.ft distribution centre
-Benson – 145,000 sq.ft distribution centre
-Richelieu Hosiery – 150,000 sq.ft distribution centre
-Cornwall Warehousing – 1 million sq.ft. in a number of facilities

The significant presence of trucking companies in the Cornwall Business Park is also noted, including:

-Minimax Express
-International Truckload Services (ITS)
-Seaway Express
-Villeneuve Tank Lines

“Truck News is a top publication in our industry, and it is nice to see Cornwall getting the exposure it deserves,” said Bob Gauthier, owner of Seaway Express. “There are clear opportunities for further investment in Cornwall in the supply chain and transportation sectors.”

The article points out there are also opportunities for education and training, highlighting St. Lawrence College’s efforts to build a logistics centre of excellence in Cornwall to help generate interest in the transportation and logistics sector as a viable career path for young people.

The article’s timing could help Cornwall as well. Much of Ontario’s (and Canada’s) transportation activities are centralized in an ever increasingly expensive and congested Toronto and many industry leaders are actively looking to alternative locations.

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