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First tenant for new CentrePort spec building

A Houston-based manufacturing company has become the first tenant in a newly-built multi-tenant industrial complex on the CentrePort inland port site.

On Thursday, Goodman Manufacturing Group will celebrate the grand opening of a 12,000-square-foot warehouse/showroom/office outlet in the Brookside Business Park -- one of two major industrial parks being developed on the 8,094-hectare CentrePort site on the western outskirts of Winnipeg.

Goodman's parent company, Goodman Global Group, Inc., is one of the continent's largest manufacturers of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products for residential and light-commercial markets.

"We had some customers in Winnipeg that we were serving from other branches, but we saw an opportunity to grow our business here," Goodman branch manager Mike MacCorby said in a statement.

"We selected this location at CentrePort after several years of looking at Winnipeg real estate. It offered us the quality of facility that we were not able to find elsewhere within the city."

Goodman's new outlet is in a 44,000-square-foot complex built by Calgary-based Olexa Developments, which is also developing the Brookside Industrial Park. It's the first building on the CentrePort site to be built on speculation, without any tenants signed up in advance of construction getting underway.

New-vehicle sales up

New-vehicle sales in Manitoba heated up in March, even if the weather remained stubbornly cold, according to new Statistics Canada data released on Wednesday.

The agency said local dealerships sold 4,902 new cars and commercial vehicles, which includes trucks, buses, vans, minivans, sport-utility and crossover vehicles, during the month.

That was a 53.8 per cent increase from the previous month, when 3,188 new vehicles were sold, and a 3.7 per cent improvement from March 2013's total of 4,728.

The biggest sales gain was in the commercial-vehicles category, where March's total of 3,486 units was up 56.6 per cent from February's total of 2,226, and up 8.9 per cent from March 2013's tally of 3,202.

Sales of passenger cars, by comparison, were up 47.2 per cent to 1,416 units from 962 in February, but down 7.2 per cent from March 2013's total of 1,526.

Despite March's strong showing, sales this year were still running slightly behind last year's pace after the first three months -- down 0.7 per cent to 11,096 from 11,169.

The Statistics Canada numbers are actual sales, not seasonally-adjusted data.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 15, 2014 B9

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Updated on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM CDT: Corrects CentrePort headline

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