Lactalis Canada will build a 379,000-square-foot distribution center in Oshawa, the company announced. The facility will be developed, built, and leased by Broccolini and construction is expected to start immediately. “For nearly 75 years, we have been building relationships with some of the world’s most recognizable brands and this partnership is yet another example of how we can work together to achieve great things,” said Michael Broccolini, Chief investment officer, Broccolini.
The center, designed to be zero-carbon ready, will consolidate multiple shipping locations used to service the company’s cheese and table spreads product lines, including its distribution center in Belleville into a central facility in Oshawa’s Northwood Business Park. Once complete, it will have the capacity to store up to 60,000 pallets in both cooler and freezer environments.
AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT, ZERO-CARBON FACILITY
Drawing energy exclusively from the province’s power grid and using energy-efficient lighting controls and high-insulation values to reduce its power load, the site has the potential to be a zero-carbon building. “Lactalis Canada’s new facility in Oshawa will become the largest distribution center, from a capacity standpoint, for Lactalis Group globally,” said Mark Taylor, President & CEO of Lactalis Canada. “This bold step exemplifies Lactalis Canada’s growth ambitions in Canada as a dairy leader and more importantly, reinforces our continued commitment and investment in the country and communities in which we operate.”
The heat generated from the refrigeration system will be fully reclaimed and used to heat the facility’s offices and the truck apron to melt snow. The company also plans to install rooftop solar panels in the later phase of construction to partially or completely offset reliance on the power grid under certain conditions.
The facility will create approximately 80 jobs in Oshawa and the surrounding region and will join Lactalis Canada’s workforce of more than 4,200 employees across 30 operating sites in Canada.