News Release - February 1, 2011
GRAND OPENING BRINGS NEW JOBS TO THE CITY OF REGINA
Regina's New Global Transportation Hub officially Open for Business
Premier Brad Wall and Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco joined Canadian Logistics Services (CLS) President Joe Roeder today to celebrate the grand opening of the company's new distribution centre at the Global Transportation Hub (GTH). The Distribution Centre will generate up to 800 jobs when fully operational.
"This is one of the most important economic projects in Saskatchewan," Wall said. "In addition to nearly 800 new jobs at this facility, we can expect to see more jobs and new investment coming to Saskatchewan and the Regina area as the GTH develops. This fits into our vision for Saskatchewan as a gateway to the New West."
"The City of Regina is excited about the opportunities this facility will bring to our community," Fiacco said. "We have a strong and diverse business community and the addition of CLS fits well with our city's vision to be Canada's most vibrant, inclusive, attractive, sustainable community where people live in harmony and thrive in opportunity."
As part of one of the largest development projects in Saskatchewan, this distribution centre has strong economic impact in the surrounding community. The first phase of the CLS Distribution Centre was completed in December 2010 and currently employs 176 people.
"CLS is honoured to play a role in the economic growth of Saskatchewan and specifically here in the City of Regina," Roeder said. "We are pleased with the enthusiastic response to our recent job fairs and look forward to the facility being 100 per cent operational and fully staffed by early 2012."
The two phases of the project will encompass 965,000 square feet, with the first 423,000 square feet already completed and currently in use.
Currently, there is an approximate 10 trucks coming in and 10 trucks leaving the facility daily, and it is expected this number will see a bi-weekly increase of up to 10 trucks per day. By June 2011, traffic will increase to about 80 trucks daily.
As the facility ramps up to full capacity, provincial agencies have developed interim plans to accommodate the expected increase in truck traffic while the West Regina Bypass is under construction.
The CLS Distribution Centre is the first major development at the GTH, located in west Regina. When fully developed, the GTH will comprise a major Western Canadian transportation and logistics centre. The GTH will stimulate provincial economic development by providing enhanced and more efficient access to global supply chains for Saskatchewan exporters and attracting new investment, such as CLS.
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