Inside Logistics

Cratex celebrates new facility

Nisku location provides quick access to Edmonton airport

June 24, 2019

Cratex ribbon cutting ceremony: (L-R) Cratex vice-president Jeff Loesch; deputy mayor for Leduc County Kelly Vandenberghe; MLA for Leduc-Beaumont Brad Rutherford; mayor, Leduc County Tanni Doblanko; and Cratex group president – Don Goodwill.

NISKU, Alberta – Cratex Industries Ltd.has opened in Nisku, Alberta. Local Cratex employees and customers, and senior executives from Cratex attended the event. Guests of honour included Tanni Doblanko, mayor, Leduc County, Kelly Vandenberghe, deputy mayor, Leduc County, Brad Rutherford, MLA, Leduc-Beaumont, and Alex Lowe, manager, air services development, Edmonton Airport Authority.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Cratex also has facilities in Calgary, Alberta, and in Regina, Saskatchewan. Cratex has been providing packaging solutions for the shipment of manufactured goods since it was established in 1989. The company’s offerings include: crating, skidding, poly wrap, container loading and unloading, mobile site teams and project packaging.

“This new facility signals our belief in Nisku as a valuable and strategic location for Cratex in the long-term,” said Jeff Loesch, vice-president, Cratex Industries Ltd.

“Nisku is ideally situated to enable Cratex to meet the needs of the local business community, including the demands of the oil, gas and petroleum industries. Also, Nisku is situated close to Edmonton’s international airport, which provides easy access to U.S. and global markets and keeps local transportation costs to a minimum. We are very excited about this new location and, given the strong business ties between Alberta and Texas, U.S., we look forward to opening a new Cratex facility in Houston, TX, later this year.”

“We are delighted that Cratex has invested in Nisku and value the company’s commitment to the region,” said  Doblanko.

“Our businesses depend on the availability of reliable local service providers in order to grow and succeed. Cratex contributes to the local economy by helping businesses broaden their market reach in Canada and tap into global markets by transporting their shipments securely and quickly across North America or to any part of the world.”

The new Cratex location provides the full suite of packaging and crating capabilities, which enables Cratex to fulfill the most demanding and complex projects.  Its packaging practices have achieved global acceptance, and over the years Cratex has been sought out to package and transport everything from a highly delicate dinosaur fossil to an immense and bulky C-130 cargo plane.

“It’s very gratifying to see so many customers here today celebrating with us, and we thank all our customers for their continued loyalty and trust in us to protect their shipments, across the country or around the world,” said Dwayne Hihn, president of Cratex.

“We hope our investment in this new location demonstrates our commitment to our customers, and Nisku and Leduc County in general.”