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Ontario East Heads to Logistics Conference to Promote Region

By Bob Peters
February 17, 2012

Retail's Supply Chain Conference - Logistics 2012 The Ontario East Logistics Marketing Team will be exhibiting at Logistics 2012 – a major supply chain industry conference and tradeshow put on by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). Cornwall Economic Development will be part of the team at the conference.

The effort is aimed at raising the profile of the region to international retailers, transportation companies and third-party logistics (3PL) firms from around the world.

Logistics 2012 is taking place in Dallas, Texas from February 19-22, 2012. A record number of conference attendees are coming to see some of the brightest minds in today’s industry debate hot topics of strategic importance to North America’s retail supply chain. Business booms at these trade-only shows, in a unique decision-maker to decision-maker environment.

The Ontario East Logistics Marketing Team is made up of the following municipalities:

  • City of Brockville
  • City of Cornwall
  • County of Lennox and Addington
  • County of Northumberland
  • Bay of Quinte Region
  • Town of Smiths Falls
  • United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

The effort will be multi-faceted and will involve exhibiting and meeting with companies in attendance at the show.  As part of this effort, a comprehensive directory of logistics companies in Eastern Ontario will be distributed at the show.

The Logistics team is attempting to leverage existing activity in the supply chain sector in Eastern Ontario to attract new investment.  The region is home to major distribution centres for Walmart, Sears, Shoppers Drug Mart and Tim Horton’s amongst many others. Target is currently building a new 1.3 million sq.ft. distribution centre in Cornwall and numerous transportation companies are growing in size throughout the region to accommodate increased activity. St. Lawrence College is currently studying the feasibility of establishing a Centre of Excellence in the region as well.

The Ontario East Logistics Marketing Team is funded in part by the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) and the Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF).  Additional funding comes from the sector municipal partners.

About Ontario East

The Ontario East Economic Development Commission (OEEDC) is a group of over 124 Ontario East economic development professionals and business leaders who are working co-operatively to promote the region as a premiere business location. Together, the Commission represents more than 200 communities, thousands of businesses and nearly 2 million residents.

The OEEDC represents an area from Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton on the west to Prescott-Russell on the east and from the Ottawa River in the north to the St. Lawrence River in the south.

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