A proposed inland port in Kamloops already has two major customers, promoters told a meeting of regional politicians Thursday.
A list of potential customers for an intermodal terminal that would switch cargo between truck and containers is header by Mercer International, which operates the Celgar pulp mill in Castelgar.
Another major customer, Venture Kamloops CEO Jeff Putnam said is Adwood Manufacturing, North America's largest modular shelving manufacturer and a supplier to IKEA International.
Christopher Steele - Location Canada - April 2010
National borders mean very little when making location decisions. The logistics community in particular has consistently lived with the reality of the global economy — It is the nature of the business after all! And yet, even we in the location strategy business sometimes forget about the logistics powerhouse we have to the North.
The strength of the Canadian dollar, the stable regulatory environment, and the nation’s logistic network all indicate strong development opportunities for companies and investors. Canada has already embraced globalization and international trade, has developed solutions to address fuel and environmental issues, and has built a logistics industry which puts it in enviable stead for attracting business.
News Release Communique - July 14, 2010
ASHCROFT, B.C. - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, on behalf of the Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced a $5-million federal funding commitment to Ashcroft Terminal for the expansion of its industrial-zoned land into a multi-user rail facility.
“Our government is proud to support this project that will have important benefits for the local economy,” said Minister Strahl. “By expanding rail access and rail service at the terminal, more industries will be able to use the facility, and this will lead to greater trade to the Asia-Pacific.”
Cam Fortems - Kamloops Daily News - July 19, 2010
ASHCROFT — Ottawa believes in an inland port beside the Thompson River and showed its support Wednesday with a $5-million investment.
Now entrepreneur Bob Landucci must convince industrial firms and the two national railways to do business at his complex — a rare location on benchland where CP and CN trains both pass by.
“Everyone talks about an inland port and what it means to the transportation corridor in Canada,” said Chuck Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon and Indian Affairs Minister.
Andrew Petrozzi - Business In Vancouver - July 2010
The growing importance of inland terminals to Canada’s logistics chain was illustrated again last week when Ottawa announced it would spend $5 million on building one in Ashcroft, B.C. This follows the recent announcement that construction was starting on the CentrePort Canada logistics hub near Winnipeg. (See “West coast shipping and terminal operators ponder impact of new inland port” – issue 1079; June 29-July 5.)