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.)
Christopher Steele - Cargo Business News - February 2010
National borders mean very little when speaking about banking and trade. We in logistics have consistently lived with the reality of the global economy, and yet real estate markets – even in warehouse and logistics in the post-NAFTA world – still look at the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican markets separately.
This perspective is changing. The U.S. real estate community is beginning to recognize our neighbors’ strengths. As importantly, several communities and agencies in both Canada and Mexico have put together aggressive strategies for becoming key nodes in the North American supply chain.
Carole Rooney - Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal - July 2009
Keep your eyes on the prize or, in this case, on the freight cars. Which is exactly what Bob Landucci is doing, landing a 10-year contract with Lafarge for his inland port to hand red shale for its cement.
And he is primed for many more industrial bulk customers. Landucci, who owns the property, has been spearheading to bring freight containers to the village via Ashcroft terminals.
Since 1999, he's worked diligently with rail companies and freight leaders across the globe to make the dream happen. Landucci's already made a significant start, but that's just one part of the plan.