Brother Canada expands in Vancouver Area



    
    Brother nearly triples its warehouse capacity in Western Canada to
    support sales growth
    

    DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX, QC, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Brother International
Corporation (Canada) Ltd. is pleased to announce the expansion of its
warehouse facilities in Western Canada (Richmond, BC). The new 52,500 sq. feet
facility provides nearly triple the capacity of Brother's previous location in
order to keep up with the demand for its products in Western Canada. In
keeping with its global slogan At your side, the expansion was designed to
increase Brother's logistics capacity in Canada, in order to support steady
sales growth, future business development and, most importantly, Brother
customers' satisfaction. Both current Brother facilities in Canada (Montreal
and Vancouver) are ISO certified for quality management (ISO 9001:2008),
environment (ISO 14001:2004) and health & safety (ISO 18001:2007). The
construction of the new building started in March 2009 and was completed by
the end of July, while operations officially launched in early August 2009.
    "The decision to expand in Vancouver follows the expansion of our
Montreal facilities three years ago, which is already operating at full
capacity", explains Martin Featherston, President of Brother Canada. "In order
to support our sales growth, it became a necessity to expand our capacity in
the Vancouver area as well." For geographic reasons, the region of Vancouver
was a natural point of entry for Brother products, which are predominantly
manufactured and shipped from Asia. The first Brother office in Western Canada
was established in Vancouver in the early 1980's.
    Brother is a worldwide electronics manufacturing company, with sales in
over 100 countries. Key products include business equipment such as:
Multi-Function Centres(TM), printers, faxes, and P-touch(R) labellers. Brother
also markets a wide range of domestic sewing and embroidery machines, as well
as semi-industrial embroidery machines. In 2010, Brother will celebrate the
50th anniversary of its operations in Canada. Established in 1960 on the
outskirts of Montreal, Brother Canada is an independent subsidiary that
manages customized marketing, sales and distribution services, as well as a
customer call center for the entire Canadian market.

    ABOUT BROTHER

    Brother Canada is part of an impressive worldwide network of companies
that finds its origins in Nagoya, Japan, headquarters of Brother Industries,
Ltd. As a multinational group of companies, Brother markets a wide range of
business machines and home appliances known for their reliability, ease of use
and versatility at affordable prices. Globally, Brother is a 5 billion-dollar
company, employing more than 26,000 people (including non-consolidated
employees), 160 of who call Canada home. It has 19 production facilities and
47 sales companies operating in 43 countries and regions around the globe.
Over 100 years ago (in 1908), the Brother Group began its humble beginnings
with two brothers, who opened the Yasui Sewing Machine Co., a company that
sold and repaired sewing machines. The name was later changed to what is now
simply called Brother. Additional information about Brother and its products
is available on www.brother.ca or by calling the toll-free number:
1-877-BROTHER (276-8437).

    Brother and its logo are trademarks of Brother Industries Ltd, Japan. All
specifications are subject to change without notice. All registered trademarks
referenced herein are the property of their respective companies.




For further information:

For further information: Kristin Gable, Counsellor, Public Relations,
Optimum, (514) 282-4841, kristin.gable@cossette.com

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