New Companies Join the CIE Park Roster of Maritime Distribution Companies
Caledonia Industrial Estates is home to a growing number of new smaller buildings including several new building developments among several business re-location announcements that further illustrate the diversity of the business operations that are choosing Caledonia as their new business location.
Joining an already impressive line up of national brand product distributors, sales and service outlets as well as commercial retailers for major heavy trucking lines that are aligned along the north side of the Trans Canada Highway as it skirts Caledonia Industrial Estates, is a startling bright, white new home for Detroit Diesel-Allison Canada East, on 485 Venture Drive.
The combination sales office and heavy truck and motor service centre is contained in a 15,614 sq.ft building employing concrete panel tilt up construction with a bright white paint applied in a texture finish that contributes to the unique appearance of the building. This new regional Detroit Diesel-Allison service centre joins a network of 6 similar sites located across Eastern Canada. Parent company of Detroit Diesel-Allison Canada East, which operates regional heavy equipment service centres in eastern Canada, is the publicly traded Wajax Industries, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.
Design – build developer and landlord for the new Detroit Diesel building and advocate for the tilt up modular concrete construction panels used in the new building is Le Groupe Frédéric & Associés Inc./Frederic Group. Le Groupe Frederic is a local real estate project developer and builder that are creating a strong local profile as an innovator in project concept as well as construction technology.
“We are delighted to be able to use this style of construction in Caledonia. Our company will be using this construction method for additional building projects that we have planned in the near future in the Greater Moncton region,” says Valdo Grandmaison, President of Le Groupe Frédéric & Associés. “Caledonia Industrial Estates is a strategic location for any business, particularly a highway service business such as Detroit Diesel,” he added.
Detroit Diesel-Allison’s new building includes a parts inventory distribution centre and 8 service bays laid out with in a 8,800 square foot service bay area that can accommodate heavy trucks, industrial construction and forestry equipment, as well as marine motors and mobile power generation units.
The new facility services Mercedes-Benz, Volvo-Penta, VM Motori and Detroit Diesel engines as well as Allison transmissions and Detroit Diesel power generators and caters to the drive by location requirements of heavy equipment moving through the Maritimes.
The two-story office section includes a second floor driver’s lounge overlooking the modern, slip resistant flooring in the service area with construction innovations including in-floor radiant heating in the service bays. A design feature of the new building is a solid concrete construction wall between the service bay area separate from the parts and executive office functions, which enhances the safety required around heavy equipment repair. .
Mike Gaudet, manager of the new facility says that while Detroit Diesel-Allison Canada East has previously been active in the area in product sales and support, the new facility represents a strong focus on both the highway corridor service business and their service to Maritime based customers as well.
The steady growth in land sales in both parks is being driven by the expanding business operations of locally owned businesses that are responding to local and regional business opportunities. This steady build up of projects and construction activity has largely filled Moncton Industrial Park to all but a few lots, and is fueling the continuing expansion of Caledonia Industrial Estates.
During 2003, local real estate developer Ron MacKay built a second multi-tenant building following the successful completion and tenant rental of the first building constructed in 2002 at 80 Harrisville Blvd.
The new 10,000 square foot building is available for immediate occupancy at the corner of 115 Harrisville Blvd and Commerce Ave. MacKay’s new building offers new tenant space in combination of blocks of 2,500 square feet, featuring a modern design office space, combined with rear access shipping and receiving combinations.
MacKay, a local developer built the steel frame and metal clad building on spec for rental and the building is ready for occupancy. He also has recently completed a renovation of a 17,000 square foot warehouse building at 17 Somers and Caledonia Street to meet the growing demand for open warehouse storage in Caledonia. It too is ready for immediate occupancy.
“Caledonia Park is an excellent location for any business with the Trans-Canada access, as well as the quick connection to the airport and Wheeler Blvd connecting all the commercial parks. The park is growing and convenient location for the Maritimes and this makes it a great location for anyone,” says MacKay.
When Rick Dunn, of Enviro Chemicals (Atlantic) Ltd., started considering a new location for his growing cleaning and sanitation products distribution business, he says that he and his partners wanted to be in Caledonia, because of the growth and the success of the Park as a business location.
“It is important to us to be visible and close to the major transportation corridors because we sell over such a wide scope of eastern Canada, geographically, he says.
The six year old company, once located on downtown Moncton’s Albert Street, moved in August of 2003 into their new 9,000 square foot building on Frenette Ave. The Moncton-based company employs 21 and distributes a broad range of sanitation supplies and equipment, including their high profile environmental product, of which they are the exclusive distributor in the Maritime Provinces, for Enviro-Chem.
The quickly growing local company distributes through eastern Canada and the Maritimes on behalf of a large number of manufacturers in key sanitation service categories including: Laundry & Dishwashing products; Hospitality Industry cleaning products; Washroom Supplies; Food Processing sanitation needs; as well as Janitorial Products and equipment. More information on Enviro-Chem is available at http://www.envirochemicals.com/
“ We sell our cleaning products from Ontario to Newfoundland. We wanted to be close to the shipping corridors and to the significant number of businesses in the Park that are already serving the hospitality market in Atlantic Canada, which is a large part of our target market”, says Dunn, a founding partner in the locally owned company.
Acadia Bricklayers Ltd is re-locating to their new 4,800 square foot home under construction at 373 Urquhart in Caledonia. The new building will support the brick supply and install aspect of the company’s operations and includes a 10,000 square foot secure compound in addition to the building space. The construction services company employs up to 40 in a seasonal year and was founded in Boutouche in 1974.
Business activity continues to flourish in Caledonia as business ownership changes saw Brentwood Motors, one of the earliest companies to move into the original Caledonia Park, change ownership to Metro International Atlantic Canada Inc. Brentwood is the International truck sales, service repair and leasing dealership for southeastern New Brunswick. Metro maintains another branch in Dartmouth and employs 45 at the Caledonia location.
The company plans no changes in operations and has moved the refrigeration trailer sales operation of Thermo-King trailers into the Brentwood building.
The continuing development and re-development of Caledonia and its growing popularity for transportation dependent firms is best captured by the relocation of Thermo-King from its 525 MacNaughton location to the Brentwood Motors facility. In December, Penske Truck Leasing completes their move of their Moncton operations centre into the recently vacated 525 MacNaughton, just vacated by Thermo King earlier in 2003.