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More companies, trade set for CentrePort

CentrePort development is full steam ahead

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CentrePort Canada has taken another step forward in its plans to become an economic powerhouse.


CentrePort and DTZ Barnicke Winnipeg recently announced the second phase of Brookside Industrial Park West is completely sold out. A total of seven companies have now set up operations in the 57.5-acre industrial park.


Development of a third, 100-acre piece of property in the area is expected to begin in the near future.


CentrePort president and chief executive officer Diane Gray said the level of interest in the project hasn’t come as a surprise.


"We have been promoting and selling this land very successfully," she said.


"We are very happy with this and each of the new tenants are at various stages of development within the park. We are very pleased about the level of private sector interest and development into the area because it bodes well for the CentrePort project."


Gray isn’t alone in her excitement over CentrePort’s future.


Rosser Reeve Frances Smee said the development boom within the municipality is good for the RM’s tax base.


"We are very pleased with the growth of the industrial park," she said. "The growth continues at pace so we are looking forward to good things in the future."


Smee said in addition to increasing Rosser’s tax base, CentrePort is also helping in terms of bringing more goods and services into the community.


"These are all good things for Rosser," Smee said.


Interest in CentrePort is expected to continue to grow in the coming months.


CentrePort and the province are leading a business mission to China to explore business opportunities there.


They also recently launched a new cargo security and tracking system to export additional Manitoban products to the Asian nation. The system was implemented earlier this year and uses radio frequency identification technology, or RFID, to monitor shipments from Manitoba to China.


"We have been working to build a trade platform between Manitoba, Western Canada and China," Gray said. "This trade platform involves the streamlining of logistics to make it easier for agricultural products to be shipped to new markets in inland China."


She added that the business mission is the latest step in an ongoing initiative that began in May 2011 with an agreement to increase the export of Manitoba food products to Chongqing, China for further distribution.


"It has been a very successful mission," she said.

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