Canpar Opens State-of-the-Art Distribution Hub in Toronto
Montreal, June 28, 2006 – Canpar Transport L.P., the parcel delivery division of TransForce Income
Fund (TSX: TIF.UN), today opened a new, state-of-the-art operations hub in Toronto, Ontario.
“This is an important investment in the future of Canpar,” said Alain Bédard, Chairman, President
and Chief Executive Officer of TransForce Income Fund. “Canpar is the largest Canadian-owned
parcel delivery company, and is an important part of the TransForce group of companies. The
technological capabilities of the new hub will significantly improve the efficiency of Canpar’s
operations, increasing both competitiveness and profitability. We anticipate both enhanced
customer service and rapid payback on our $22 million investment in leading-edge technology and equipment.”
Canpar has 62 locations including seven hubs across Canada, with Toronto representing the
majority of its volume of pickups and deliveries. The investment in this strategic location will have a
substantial positive effect on Canpar’s business.
The new hub uses the most advanced technology in North America, providing direct benefits to
Canpar’s customers. Its computerized system ensures accurate measuring and weighing of all
parcels passing through the facility. Other features include a parcel-sorting conveyor system to
maximize flow-through, individual package carriers that will significantly reduce damages, a series
of bar code reading scanners to maximize shipment visibility and routing, as well as the latest
advances in security systems to ensure package safety.
The new 170,000-square foot facility, which is located at 205 New Toronto Street in Etobicoke,
replaces the aging 100,000-square foot hub in downtown Toronto. It will be named the John
Cyopeck Centre in honour of Canpar’s long-time President and CEO who was the visionary behind
the facility and who passed away earlier this year.
“John Cyopeck believed strongly in the TransForce commitment to employees,” said Mr. Bedard.
“The new technology is an important customer-focused investment but it is equally important to us
that the new centre will be a much better workplace for the employees.”
The new Canpar Distribution Facility was developed in cooperation with a number of strategic
partner organizations, including Sandvik Sorting Systems and the Toronto Economic Development
Corporation (TEDCO). It has already been recognized for excellence in industrial design and
environmental friendliness. The facility was one of three finalists nominated for the National
Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Industrial Development of the Year Real
Estate Excellence (REX) Award.
The facility was designed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) Certified
status by incorporating energy efficiency and sustainable design measures that result in reduced
energy consumption and operating costs.
“TransForce and Canpar believe in protecting the environment,” said Mr. Bedard. “We are honoured
that our new facility received a nomination for the REX Award. The design is an example of the
ongoing efforts of the transportation and logistics sector to ensure environmental responsibility.”
About Canpar Transport L.P.
Canpar and its team of more than 1,700 employees provides dependable ground service across
Canada, overnight regional delivery and two-day national delivery to all other points with a money
back guarantee through its select service, and makes deliveries by ground to all 48 contiguous
United States. These services are offered through a network of 62 facilities, and a range of
technological systems and solutions. Canpar has a consistent on-time delivery rating in excess of 99%.