Inside Logistics

FedEx opens new facility

Sorting station to handle 6,000 packages an hour


July 5, 2012
by MM&D staff

MARKHAM, Ontario: YKZ, FedEx Express Canada Ltd’s newest sorting station, had its official opening today.

The 8,360 sqm (90,000 sqf) facility, named after nearby Buttonville Airport, sits on 2.4 hectares (six acres) of land just west of Highway 404 and north of Highway 401.

Although the opening ceremony was today—complete with a ribbon cutting featuring the mayor of the City of Markham and the local MP—FedEx has been working out of the building for a few weeks.

“It opened up June first. We’re quite proud of it,” said FedEx Express Canada vice-president of operations Pina Starnino. “It serves the cities of Markham, Thornhill, Aurora, Durham, and some of the outskirts. We’re quite pleased. It’s a beautiful new facility. There is lots of room for expansion, which is great,”

Besides being built for expansion, the facility was built with sustainability in mind, says FedEx Express Canada president Lisa Lisson.

“We want to be friendly to the environment. The lights are on dimmers. They only come on when there’s movement. We’re trying to be very environmentally friendly.”

The sorting station is home to 80 delivery trucks and will be able to process 6,000 packages per hour when at full capacity.

To see MM&D video of the facility click here.