From left to right: Manitoulin Transport President and CEO, Gord Smith; Parkland County Mayor, Rod Shaigec; Manitoulin Group of Companies chair, Doug Smith.
ACHESON, Alberta – Manitoulin Transport today celebrated the grand opening of its new 100,000 sq. ft. terminal in Acheson, Alberta. The terminal, which represents an important company investment in western Canada, will enable significantly more shipping capacity for Manitoulin Transport and provide its customers with access to a full suite of transportation services.
“We’re thrilled to open this major new terminal in Acheson,” said Gord Smith, president and chief executive officer, Manitoulin Transport.
“This is the latest of a number of major investments Manitoulin Transport has made in recent years in western Canada and demonstrates our commitment to the region. Not only does this new terminal position Manitoulin for future growth in the west, we believe it also helps position Alberta businesses to become more competitive through improved connections across Canada and the rest of the world.”
Manitoulin Transport’s two existing terminals in Edmonton have been consolidated into the new facility and all incumbent personnel have transferred to the new premises at 402-53114 Range Road 262, Acheson Industrial Area.
The new terminal is one of the largest transportation facilities in western Canada, with a terminal and garage building, including a large freezer and cooler area, situated on 30 acres of land. The extensive property enables over-dimensional shipments to be staged and maneuvered with ease. The cross-dock terminal has 80 dock doors enabling faster and more efficient loading and unloading of shipments. This investment will serve as a springboard for future developments, such as additional service coverage, in order to accommodate customers’ constantly evolving needs.
Attending the celebrations with Manitoulin Transport executives, local employees and customers, was guest of honour Parkland County Mayor Rod Shaigec and other local dignitaries. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed by Manitoulin Transport president and CEO, Gord Smith, Manitoulin Group of Companies chair, Doug Smith, and Mayor Rod Shaigec.
“It is very gratifying to see private investment such as this in Alberta,” said Luke Ouellette, Alberta transportation minister, commenting on the event.
“Clearly, Manitoulin Transport recognizes the business opportunities and potential for growth in the region and is positioning itself to serve its customers as they grow.”
“We are delighted to welcome Manitoulin Transport to Parkland County and commend the decision to invest here,” said Mayor Shaigec. “Having access to a reliable, quality carrier, such as Manitoulin Transport and its extensive global network, is essential to local businesses and the future economic growth of the area. We believe this new terminal will significantly benefit the region.”
Customers of Manitoulin Transport also have access to the full range of services of The Manitoulin Group of Companies, Canada’s largest transportation management provider with the most extensive network in Canada. Services include logistics, international freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution, customs brokerage solutions and supply chain management.
“We’re not simply opening the doors to a new terminal today,” said Gord Smith. “We’re opening the doors to a one-stop-shop for streamlined, efficient and worry-free shipping.”