Boucherville (Québec), June 18, 2019 – Uni-Select Inc. (TSX: UNS) (“Uni-Select”) celebrated today the official opening of a new Bumper to Bumper distribution centre in Calgary. This facility has a footprint of 296,085 ft2, making it Uni-Select’s largest distribution centre.
“We are proud to launch this distribution centre, which is in line with our focus on operational excellence and has been designed to continuously improve customer service, with increased efficiency and quicker delivery,” said Brent Windom, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uni-Select. “Located in a strategic location for our customers and suppliers in Western Canada, this new facility will support our long-term growth and truly is a major accomplishment for our team.”
“The opening of Uni-Select’s distribution centre, their largest one yet, speaks volumes to the confidence they’ve shown for doing business in Calgary. We’ve been investing in our transportation network, to serve our citizens and to serve industry, and today’s news shows that it has paid dividends,” said Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary.
Located at 1710-104 Avenue NE in Calgary’s Oxford Airport Business Park, the new Bumper to Bumper distribution centre currently has 30 full-time employees and shall employ more than 35 people by the end of 2019. It services 1,300 shops and nearly 200 stores in Western Canada, including 87 Bumper to Bumper stores. It will also be home to a 7,450 ft² training centre which will provide a hands-on experience with the newest technologies, product knowledge and techniques, for customers’ technicians and service advisors and members in the Uni-Select store network.
Uni-Select is a leader in the distribution of automotive refinish and industrial paint and related products in North America, as well as a leader in the automotive aftermarket parts business in Canada and in the UK. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville, Québec, Canada, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.
In Canada, Uni-Select supports over 16,000 automotive repair and collision repair shops through a growing national network of more than 1,100 independent customers and over 70 company-owned stores, many of which operate under the Uni-Select BUMPER TO BUMPER®, AUTO PARTS PLUS® AND FINISHMASTER® store banner programs. It also supports over 3,900 shops through its automotive repair/installer shop banners, as well as through its automotive refinish banners.
In the United States, Uni-Select, through its wholly-owned subsidiary FinishMaster, Inc., operates a national network of over 200 automotive refinish company-owned stores under the FINISHMASTER banner which services a network of over 30,000 customers annually, of which it is the primary supplier to over 6,800 collision repair centre customers.
In the UK and Ireland, Uni-Select, through its Parts Alliance group of subsidiaries, is a leading distributor of automotive parts supporting over 23,000 customer accounts with a network of over 180 company-owned stores.
Annie Paré, Director, Communications Uni-Select Inc.
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