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Ontario based manufacturers get UPS contract

CHATHAM, Ont. - Two southwestern Ontario truck makers are busy this summer thanks to UPS....


CHATHAM, Ont. – Two southwestern Ontario truck makers are busy this summer thanks to UPS.

Production of 500 “International 9200” tractors began in May at International Truck and Engine Corporation in Chatham, Ont., fulfilling a large-scale order placed by UPS. When production is complete in August 2005, the vehicles will be distributed to 44 UPS locations throughout the United States.

The Sterling Truck Corporation in St. Thomas, Ont. also started production on 335 “Sterling A9513” tractors in July. These vehicles will be delivered to 21 UPS locations throughout the United States.

“Chatham and St. Thomas were chosen as the locations for production because of the quality reputations maintained by International Truck and Engine Corporation and Sterling Truck Corporation,” said UPS Canada VP of Industrial Engineering, Chris Yates. “Both companies stand by their commitment to a high-quality product; a common philosophy we share at UPS.”

The combined purchase is worth an estimated $56 million and is expected to have a significant impact on both cities’ local economies.

“We’re pleased that both the 9200 and A9513 purchases are centralized in Ontario,” said UPS Canada President Glenn Rice. “The order will certainly contribute to southwestern Ontario’s local economy, while also improving the capability and efficiency of UPS’s ground network.”


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