The new Ford distribution centre in Casselman is slated to be complete this spring, officials say.
The parts warehouse was announced in September 2021 and construction began in February 2022. The $100-million facility is being developed by Bertone Development Corp. of Saint-Laurent, Que. It is expected to open in the spring of 2023.
Situated south of Hwy. 417 close to the interchange with St. Albert Road and Route 700, the warehouse is expected to speed delivery time to dealers.
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“Once construction is complete, the Casselman parts distribution centre will be a 562,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that will service 154 dealerships in eastern Canada and the Maritimes,” Rose Pao, communications manager with Ford Canada, told EOBJ in an email. “In fact, the operation will manage and distribute approximately 45,000 different parts received from plants across North America.”
The site falls on the boundary between Casselman and La Nation. The two municipalities have been working with Ford Canada to advance the project since 2018. Construction was originally slated to be complete by late December 2022, but delays pushed the opening into the spring of 2023.
“The plant is now near completion and the planned date for start of operations is around March (2023),” said Mireille Groleau, economic development and communications officer with the Municipality of Casselman.
“The (Casselman) facility will house 80 employees, both hourly and salaried, and will include a gym and spacious cafeteria. The team is looking to hire approximately 40 full-time and 25 temporary part-time employees,” said Pao.
The remainder of the positions will be filled by existing employees transferring from other plants.
“We have met some of the workers from the Oakville plant who made the move to Casselman and are settling in,” said Groleau.
The Casselman facility is one of two new warehouses the automaker is developing to replace its aging 900,000-square-foot Bramalea, Ont. location, which has been operating since 1964. The second facility, similar in size to Casselman, is being built in Paris, Ont.