17 April 2012
Unisource expands facility in Edmonton
EDMONTON, AB—Unisource Worldwide has announced the opening of a new 118,000 sq. ft. full-service facility in Edmonton, Alberta.

“This new warehouse and office facility positions Unisource Canada to better service our customers’ needs in the Alberta market with access to the best products from leading manufacturers,” said Dan Barbagallo, president of Unisource Canada.

Located at 11704 – 186 Street NW in Edmonton, this new facility "is an example of Unisource Worldwide’s continued investment in its businesses, particularly the growth foreseen for the Edmonton and northern Alberta marketplace," according to the company. 

The new facility is scheduled to open April 30, with plans to build inventory levels over the next six to eight weeks toward a fully functioning warehouse by June. Unisource said it will also add sales offices to the new facility by mid-summer.    

“At a time when others in our industry seem to be reconsidering their commitment to the demanding Alberta market, we remain bullish on the future of all our core business units which include paper, packaging, facility supplies and logistics,” said Barbagallo. He said Unisource plans to gradually increase product offerings and inventory levels at the new warehouse more than five-fold.

The new Edmonton facility will replace a smaller 25,000 sq. ft. building, that for the past 10 years received most of its inventory from Unisource’s 250,000 sq. ft. warehouse based in Calgary, noted the company. "Suppliers will now work with Unisource to ship inventory directly to the Edmonton facility, featuring a state-of-the-art warehouse management system (WMS), 22 receiving/shipping doors, and an environmentally-friendly motion-sensitive lighting system."

In addition to the new warehouse, Unisource said it is investing in its truck fleet, featuring all-new tractor-trailer units. Company drivers will deliver products to customers in the Edmonton and northern Alberta area, including regular service to the growing Fort McMurray region.

Meanwhile, Unisource Canada just announced it has appointed a new printing paper business unit leader, Tom Deighton, who will serve as vice president of its Printing Paper Strategic Business Unit.
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