COMPETITION WATCH: Manitoulin moves into new 100,000 sq.-ft. facility

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ACHESON, Alta. — Manitoulin Transport celebrated the grand opening of its new 100,000-sq. ft. terminal in Acheson, Alta. earlier today. Officials say the terminal will enable “significantly more” shipping capacity for Manitoulin and provide its customers with access to a full suite of transportation services.

“We’re thrilled to open this major new terminal in Acheson,” said Gord Smith, president and CEO of Manitoulin Transport. “This is the latest of a number of major investments Manitoulin Transport has made in recent years in western Canada and demonstrates our commitment to the region. Not only does this new terminal position Manitoulin for future growth in the west, we believe it also helps position Alberta businesses to become more competitive through improved connections across Canada and the rest of the world.”

Manitoulin Transport’s two existing terminals in Edmonton have been consolidated into the new facility and all incumbent personnel have transferred to the new premises at 402-53114 Range Road 262, Acheson Industrial Area.

Officials say the new terminal is one of the largest transportation facilities in western Canada, with a terminal and garage building, including a large freezer and cooler area, situated on 30 acres of land. The extensive property enables over-dimensional shipments to be staged and manoeuvred, while the cross-dock terminal boasts 80 dock doors.

“It is very gratifying to see private investment such as this in Alberta,” said Luke Ouellette, Alberta transportation minister, commenting on the event. “Clearly, Manitoulin Transport recognizes the business opportunities and potential for growth in the region and is positioning itself to serve its customers as they grow.”

“We are delighted to welcome Manitoulin Transport to Parkland County and commend the decision to invest here,” said Parkland County Mayor Rod Shaigec.  “Having access to a reliable, quality carrier, such as Manitoulin Transport and its extensive global network, is essential to local businesses and the future economic growth of the area. We believe this new terminal will significantly benefit the region.”

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