Saskatchewan Premier, the Honourable Brad Wall, City of Regina representative Councillor Michael Fougere, Senior Vice President of Operations for CLS Blair Clarke, and Loblaw Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Robert Wiebe today announced the opening of Phase II of the CLS Distribution Centre. Phase I opened in February 2011.
“The pace of this development has grown well beyond expectations,” Premier Wall said. “The GTH is becoming part of Saskatchewan’s ‘Gateway to the New West and to the World.’ It is creating significant new benefits that are accruing to the province, including new job and career opportunities for Saskatchewan people. Hundreds of new jobs in transportation, warehousing and distribution are in addition to new professional careers in global logistics and supply chain management,” the Premier said.
“We are proud to be contributing to the economic strength of the Province of Saskatchewan and the Regina region,” Clarke said. “We offer quality jobs at CLS and are very proud of the fact that CLS is among the first to create a large number of jobs in the supply chain sector. This is a new occupational group for Regina and area and opens up new opportunities for the local labour market,” Clarke said.
The mammoth million sq. ft. warehouse and distribution centre is working in three shifts, seven days a week, and is storing and transporting 30 million cases of goods each year. CLS serves Loblaw Companies Limited stores, including Real Canadian Superstores, and independent franchises in western Canada. “Our job is to make sure that Loblaw receives the goods they need, when they need them,” Clarke added.
“The opening of the phase II of the Regina distribution centre is exciting for us and represents our continued commitment to the Province of Saskatchewan and the Global Transportation Hub,” said Robert Wiebe, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Loblaw Companies Limited. “We are proud to support CLS as they serve thousands of our customers every day. They provide quality customer service for our stores and a great place for residents of Regina to work.”
As part of one of the most important economic development projects in the province, the state-of-the-art logistics operation has had a strong impact on Regina and the surrounding region. The current combination of CLS, Loblaw, Canadian Pacific’s Intermodal construction and the GTH’s own infrastructure program, over 3,600 truck movements are now taking place weekly at the GTH.