Canadian health and pharma companies granted increased access to one of
the largest cold-chain chambers in Canada
BURLINGTON, ON, Jan. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - UPS (NYSE: UPS) Canada celebrated
the official opening of its expanded Canadian healthcare distribution
network - a state-of-the-art 200,000 square foot facility at its
Burlington, Ontario, campus. As one of the largest cold-chain coolers
in the country, the new addition provides healthcare companies and
pharmaceutical manufacturers increased access to a total 600,000
square-feet worth of temperature and humidity-controlled environments -
effectively helping keep products in optimal conditions during storage.
In line with UPS's healthcare logistics global growth strategy, the
Burlington facility is one of several North American expansions
including facilities in Louisville, Ky., Mira Loma, Calif., Atlanta,
Ga. and Reno, Nev. In total, UPS operates more than 6.4 million sq. ft.
(nearly 595,000 square meters) of dedicated healthcare space. In
Canada, the UPS network spans 11 facilities.
"UPS has made healthcare a strategic priority, and in Canada this
investment in both the new healthcare space as well as the large cold
chain chamber represents our commitment to driving innovation in
healthcare logistics," said Kevin McConnell, Vice-President, Canada
Distribution, UPS Supply Chain Solutions.
Several industry trends are driving the expansion of UPS's global
healthcare network including increasing globalization, complex
regulatory oversight, heightened focus on outcomes and a growing need
for specialized healthcare services, such as temperature-sensitive
"Working with a partner like UPS affords us unique and customized
shipping and warehousing solutions. These solutions support our
stringent safety standards and our overall strategy to maintain a
consistent supply of safe and effective biological medicines to
Canadians living with serious illnesses," said Ralph Mueller, Director
of Supply Chain, AMGEN Canada. "We look forward to utilizing their
network and sophisticated facilities to further our mission to service
"Critical and life-saving medicines, like those in the Amgen portfolio,
often require very tightly controlled storage and distribution
specifications," continued McConnell. "The cold-chain coolers have been
designed with the strict requirements to maintain the integrity of the
product before they are administered to patients."
UPS facilities also meet all applicable government accreditations,
licenses and maintain geographic-specific regulatory requirements, such
as those of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Enforcement
Agency (DEA) and Health Canada, among others.
"We were excited to be part of the celebration and work with companies
that understand the changing landscape of our health and pharmaceutical
needs in Canada," explained Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Health. "Creating solutions and networks that afford
Canadians access to safe and secure medicine is a priority for our
government and we are encouraged to see companies such as UPS playing a
"Not only will the Burlington expansion invigorate our local economy,
this opening will help generate business throughout South-Western
Ontario and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area," said Keith Hoey,
President, Burlington Chamber of Commerce. "The Chamber is a uniting
force for businesses looking to connect with one another and grow, and
UPS shares this belief."
For more information on UPS's healthcare services, visit www.ups.com/healthcarelogistics.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range
of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the
facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced
technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 220 countries and
territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
Image with caption: "A commemoration amongst customers and government dignitaries on December 6th. The UPS Burlington Healthcare facility possesses one of the largest climate controlled coolers in Canada; effectively helping keep products in optimal condition during storage. (CNW Group/UPS Canada Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140107_C7390_PHOTO_EN_35371.jpg
SOURCE: UPS Canada Ltd.
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