CHATHAM, Ont. — Two southwestern Ontario vehicle manufacturers will have their assembly lines busy with “Brown” this summer as they produce over 800 transport tractors to meet the growing needs of the UPS fleet across the United States.
Production of 500 “International 9200” tractors will begin this week 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. will also commence production on 335 “Sterling A9513” tractors on July 5, 2005. These vehicles will be delivered to 21 UPS locations throughout the United States. 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,” says 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.”
The single-axle units will transport ground shipments throughout the United States, and log nearly 2 million km over its expected 12-year life-span.
“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,” says UPS Canada Vice-President of Industrial Engineering, Chris Yates.
“Both companies stand by their commitment to a high-quality product; a common philosophy we share at UPS.”
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