Freightliner Manitoba Ltd, the province’s highest-volume truck dealer, has been in need of a larger, more user-friendly facility for some years now.
“We outgrew our current facility several years ago,” says Ken Talbot, the co-founder and now President of the 28-year-old company, “Our principal challenge was finding the right location. We needed a lot of land. A rectangular piece of property with truck and trailer access. This was a pretty big wish list for Manitoba, and that is where CentrePort Canada came in.”
CentrePort Canada, located on the west side of Winnipeg, is North America’s largest inland port, offering 20,000 acres of high-quality industrial land and unique access to tri-modal transportation. The site offers easy access to Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport – which operates 24 hours per day, providing value to the out-of-province market. Over the past few years, the road system in the area has been considerably upgraded to improve trucking access and more efficient transportation movement. A new water-treatment plant and grey water servicing has also been put in place within the past year. These innovations made the location very attractive to this multi-million-dollar company that stocks trucks, millions of parts and offers seven-day truck service.
Freightliner Manitoba started land preparation and construction late last year for the 78,000 square-foot dealership that plans to open its doors in 2020. The 14-acres of land allows for the building to more than double its current Logan location bringing more space for both business, staff and customers.
“Our new facility is going to change the way we are able to do business,” Talbot says. “We’re excited to offer our customers and employees more; more space, more parking and a more modern facility overall. These developments are more than just for the growing demand of our business but also bring comfort to staff and customers.”
The developments will consist of 38 service bays, a 3,971 square-foot showroom to showcase 2 semi-trucks, a well-stocked parts warehouse, 2 truck wash bays and more. The state-of-the-art facility will include innovative features such as radiant in-floor heating, LED lighting throughout and overall be an energy-efficient dealership.
The principal contractors, being Thomas Design Builders Ltd., have previously worked with Talbot to build their Transolutions Preventative Maintenance facility on Lucas Ave. Talbot says, “Thomas Design’s first project with us came in under time and under budget. This current building is also ahead of schedule.”
Freightliner Manitoba’s mission is to provide first-class, industry-leading transportation solutions to the commercial vehicle market in Manitoba, and to build value for their customers to depend on. This will only become more efficient with the new space to operate in.
“Although we are growing bigger, we won’t forget the core values we stand for such as Elite Support, unmatched customer service and work we can stand behind. Our staff and customers are all looking forward to our grand opening for business at our new location in early 2020.”