Cornwall Featured in Truck News
In an article entitled Beyond the GTA appearing in the September 2012 issue of Truck News, authors James Menzies and Adam Ledlow explore the evolution of Cornwall and Hamilton as alternatives to Toronto for the shipment of goods.
"As Canada's largest city gets bogged down in gridlock, other regions within Ontario are positioning themselves as transportation hubs with a distinct advantage," writes James Menzies.
The article references community efforts in both Hamilton and Cornwall to build on an already impressive track record of investment and growing transportation activity. In Cornwall's case, the authors point to the following activity:
- Supply Chain Management - 1.4 million sq.ft. distribution centre for Walmart Canada
- Target - 1.3 million sq.ft. distribution centre (currently wrapping up construction)
- Shoppers Drug Mart - 600,000 sq.ft distribution centre
- Benson - 145,000 sq.ft distribution centre
- Richelieu Hosiery - 150,000 sq.ft distribution centre
- Cornwall Warehousing - 1 million sq.ft. in a number of facilities
The authors also acknowledge the significant presence of trucking companies in the Cornwall Business Park, including:
- Minimax Express
- International Truckload Services (ITS)
- Seaway Express
- Villeneuve Tank Lines
"Truck News is a top publication in our industry, and it is nice to see Cornwall getting the exposure it deserves," said Bob Gauthier, owner of Seaway Express. "There are clear opportunities for further investment in Cornwall in the supply chain and transportation sectors."
Kevin Maynard, Executive Directory of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council is quoted in the article as saying Cornwall's emergence as a transportation hub is the result of a "perfect storm".
"Combined with the ability of the municipality to provide serviced land at the size that's required for distribution centres, access to transportation, access to other markets and the availability to service land is the primary reason why large-scale distribution centres are being located in Cornwall. So it is a perfect storm," he said.
The article also references St. Lawrence College's efforts to build a logistics centre of excellence in Cornwall to help generate interest in the transportation and logistics sector as a viable career path for young people. More information on an upcoming College program should be available shortly.
With much of Ontario's (and Canada's) transportation activities being centralized in an ever increasingly expensive and congested Toronto, the article comes at a time when many industry leaders are actively looking to alternative locations.
You can view the article online here:
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