CALGARY, Alta. — In response to a 60% increase in shipping volumes since 2003 in the Calgary area, UPS Canada is building a 150,000-sq. ft. consolidated distribution facility at the Calgary International Airport.
Although the pace of expansion has slowed in the last eight weeks, shipping volumes remain high and are anticipated to spike again in the latter part of 2009, UPS officials said in a statement, adding that the regional business community continues to invest in expanding its markets into the US and beyond despite the current downturn.
As part of the Van Horne Institute’s speaker series on transportation and logistics, UPS Canada president Mike Tierney will address the Calgary Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton Garden Suites Hotel at 8 a.m. Nov. 18. He will discuss details and rationale behind the company’s new, state-of-the-art facility and how Calgary’s business community can use it to combat the recent economic downshift and competition from abroad.
Addition speakers at the event will be Stephan Poirier, vice-president and chief commercial officer for the Calgary Airport Authority, and Dr. Rod Thompson, Alberta Transportation’s executive director of strategic policy, who will attend on behalf of Alberta Transportation Minister Luke Ouellette.
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