Supply Chain and Logistics
Companies engaging in Supply Chain and Logistics functions transport agriculture products, machinery, and livestock and deal with warehousing and freight transportation services, parts, or sales across Canada and North America. Industry strength and proximity to the US market creates an opportunity for Lethbridge to become a major logistics or distribution centre. Lethbridge businesses can be successful in this industry by leveraging the investment in the transportation network (3 major Alberta highways and CP Rail's main line) and the privately owned 22-track rail loading and marshalling yard facility (TransMark) that is located in close proximity to the city and supports multiple transportation requirements.
With anticipated changes to the transportation grid as the Canamex corridor is completed, more highways are twinned and potential bypasses are introduced, there is great opportunity for Lethbridge to become a major logistics or distribution centre. The Lethbridge Airport also represents opportunity for potential growth with a significant amount of available land for expanded industrial use. Based on a 2006 Economic Impact Study the Lethbridge County Airport generated over $210 million in GDP activity within the City and County of Lethbridge. Opportunity exists within this sector for airport development and service enhancement.
In a recent study by Economic Development Lethbridge, the Supply Chain and Logistics companies surveyed reported combined revenue $366 million annually. Additionally they:
Employ more than 800 people
Pay wages of $55 million per year
And, half of these companies have their head offices in Lethbridge with additional branch offices across Western Canada.
Did you know?
The twenty-four hour border crossing at Coutts, Alberta and Sweetgrass, Montana connects Alberta’s export highway with U.S. Interstate 15 and is the 8th busiest border crossing in Canada in terms of trade traffic by road. In 2010 the crossing saw over $9 billion in trade.
Ten times as much traffic moves across the western border (5,100/day) as moves between western and eastern Canada (500/day) on Hwy 1.
The Coutts-Sweetgrass is the third most heavily used western border crossing with 460 crossings per day and the busiest crossing between B.C.’s Pacific Highway border and Manitoba’s Emerson crossing.
The 100 year old CP Rail High Level Bridge is the longest and highest viaduct bridge construction in the world. It is 1,624 meters long (equal to 12 football fields) and is constructed with 12,400 tons of steel.
Key industry employers include:
H & R Transport is the largest private-sector employer in Lethbridge. This local company was established in 1955 and has evolved from a three man operation to one of North America's largest temperature controlled truck load transportation firms. H&R's transportation network covers the whole of the North American continent and is controlled by the most sophisticated and comprehensive computer, satellite tracking and messaging systems in the world.
With two locations in Lethbridge, VersaCold is the largest temperature-controlled storage/distribution company in Canada. They provide food handling and transportation services - from the processing, freezing and storage of raw ingredients, to total inventory management and distribution to support and distribute locally produced and processed food across the nation.
Integra Air began in 1998 to offer more flexible air service between Lethbridge and Edmonton. The small airline grew from one 10 seat plane to adding charter flights and service to Fort McMurray.
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