MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 18 /CNW/ - The world's largest package delivery
company is establishing a new distribution centre at the Calgary International
Airport to meet the rising demands of Alberta's economy.
UPS Canada announced today it is building a 150,000-square-foot
distribution facility on Aero Drive NE. The $26 million facility will offer
state-of-the-art technology to facilitate import, export and Canadian domestic
shipments while allowing UPS to double its package processing capability over
"Calgary is clearly Alberta's premier international gateway for cargo
today and in the future and this new facility will ensure current and new
customers continue to receive expedient, reliable and convenient service,"
said Mike Tierney, president of UPS Canada.
The new building is the latest addition to Calgary's expanding
transportation and logistics industry, which has grown 77 per cent - twice as
fast as the rest of the economy - and doubled the size of its workforce to
40,700 in the past 10 years. The new UPS distribution centre will employ 415
of the air transport sector's 6,500 employees.
Since 2003, UPS has seen a 60 per cent increase in the volume of orders
from the greater Calgary area, particularly from the retail, technology and
financial sectors. The surge in demand prompted the company to invest in a new
facility that will ease the flow of parcels through the distribution process
and ensure it maintains an optimal level of customer service.
"Calgary's economy is extremely competitive and only by providing
superior service to our customers can we continue to grow with the rising
demands of the city's businesses," said Tierney. "The new facility will allow
us to reduce the time customer shipments spend in transit, which ultimately
means our customers continue to receive the level of speed and service for
which UPS has become world renowned."
The new UPS facility will have airside access in the Airport's YYC Global
Logistics Parks, highly efficient, multifunctional, international trade and
transportation hubs that move high volumes of goods to and from local,
regional and international destinations. The Parks are part of The Calgary
Airport Authority's mandate to foster economic development in the city.
"Calgary is western Canada's largest transportation and logistics centre
and one of the major reasons is the 'air cargo bridge' that we've created,"
said Stephan Poirier, vice president and chief commercial officer for The
Calgary Airport Authority. "It provides companies such as UPS access to 24/7
cargo services and an impressive and growing network of integrated
transportation systems, services and companies, all on Airport land."
YYC Global Logistics Parks have more than doubled air cargo movement at
the Calgary International Airport to 134,000 tonnes in 2007, from 66,000
tonnes in 1999, and have helped turn the Airport into one of the city's major
economic engines. Today, the Airport generates more than $5 billion of annual
economic activity, approximately 10 per cent of Calgary's gross domestic
product, and more than 15,000 people work on Airport land.
UPS's new airport distribution centre will house 157 trucks and will
service Calgary as well as surrounding communities, including Airdrie,
Okotoks, High River, Bragg Creek, Cochrane, Strathmore, Canmore and Banff. UPS
will continue to operate its three separate distribution centres in the city
until the new facility becomes operational in October 2009.
About The Calgary Airport Authority
The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital
corporation responsible for the management, maintenance and development of the
Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport under long-term lease
from the Government of Canada. Since assuming responsibility for Calgary
International Airport in 1992, the Authority (www.calgaryairport.com) has
invested more than $880 million in capital and expansion projects while paying
$300 million in federal airport rent tax to the Government of Canada.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a
global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century
of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade
expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta,
GA., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company
can be found on the Web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit
For further information:
For further information: Dan Ovsey, APEX Public Relations, (416)
924-4442 ext. 239, email@example.com; Steve Vitale, UPS Canada, (905)