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DHL opens new Edmonton facility

New facility to improve access to oil and gas market and accommodate growth for the next five years


Left to Right: Norm Richard, Director Air Service Development, EIA; Councillor Dana Smith, City of Leduc, Alberta; Greg Hewitt, President, DHL Express Canada; Peter Kujawinski, Consul General of the United States of America for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories; Stephen Fenwick, CEO, DHL Express Americas

October 29, 2014
by MM&D Online Staff

EDMONTON, Alberta—DHL has opened a new facility in Edmonton. The new site will help DHL Express meet the growing demands of international shipping customers and help to streamline logistics and shipping for energy sector organizations. Additionally, it will, provide Alberta’s SME companies better access to international markets. The new facility opening is the second milestone in DHL’s current commitment to the Alberta market. In September 2014, the company invested more than C$2 million to launch a new commercial flight route to Calgary and Edmonton.

Located at the Edmonton International Airport, the 1,301 square meter facility is more than three times the size of DHL’s previous facility. Designed with efficiency in mind, the facility will allow direct loading from the belt to the van, making this stage of shipping much more efficient. The facility will provide Edmonton customers with a full range of shipping and logistics services such as courier, back office, import and export.

Edmonton dignitaries joined DHL Express Canada President Greg Hewitt, employees and customers at the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

“DHL is focused on growing our business internationally and in the Canadian market by concentrating on our core strengths and seizing the opportunity in new growth areas, and the Alberta region is an excellent example of a market that’s perfectly suited for our services.” said Greg Hewitt, president, DHL Express Canada.

The opening of the new facility will also allow DHL to continue its ongoing commitment to SMEs in Canada and across the globe. With more than 90 percent of Alberta’s businesses reported to fall into the SME category, it is expected that DHL’s new investments will have a significant impact on the local market by helping to connect Alberta small businesses with international markets, helping them to grow in a competitive economy.