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The Canada Cartage sign at 490 Lucas Ave. hasn’t been erected yet, but about 200 employees and drivers are now using the new CentrePort Canada location serving as the company’s regional hub.
Vice-president of shared services Tyler Paquin said at the beginning of February, operations staff started moving into the new 46,000 square-foot, two-storey building sitting on a 12-acre site within the RM of Rosser. Most came from the company’s Winnipeg location at 47 Gomez St., with administrative staff remaining at another location at 25 Rothwell Rd.
"We’d outgrown the Gomez Street facility," Paquin said.
After researching available land in the Winnipeg area, the Rosser site’s location close to major trucking routes, the airport, the company’s suppliers and vendors made it very attractive.
"We’re close to some of our major suppliers," Paquin said.
The new building and surrounding parking area take up about eight acres, leaving another four open.
"We’re left with room to grow," Paquin said.
Founded in 1914, Canada Cartage is the country’s largest provider of commercial trucks, with 4,000 now operating. Paquin said many carry customers’ colours and logos, such as Home Depot and Canadian Tire, so aren’t recognizable as being owned by Canada Cartage. The company also provides commercial drivers and driver training, and operates Canada Moving, a United Van Lines partner.
The new Rosser location contains a bonded warehouse that offers cross-dock service where large loads are separated into smaller shipments for companies such as UPS. There is also room for fleet maintenance.
CentrePort Canada president and CEO Diane Gray welcomed Canada Cartage to the 20,000 acre inland port.
"It’s fantastic to have a prominent, well-established company such as Canada Cartage choose CentrePort as its new home and place to grow for the future," she said in a news release.
Canada Cartage is located in CentrePort’s Brookside Industrial Park West, a 25-acre section of land containing 44 businesses. This area is slated to be connected to the Cartier Regional Water Co-op’s supply through a new pipe system and water treatment plant in Headingley constructed last year. According to RM of Rosser reeve Frances Smee, the water will begin flowing after a municipal reservoir is completed in the next few months.
The City of Winnipeg is extending its wastewater service to the CentrePort area, but construction is delayed due to unexpected large boulders that are blocking the path of the underground pipes near the Inkster-Brookside Boulevard area. Work is expected to resume in the spring.
Paquin said he looks forward to being able to hook up to these services.
For more information on Canada Cartage's ervices, see www.canadacartage.com
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