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Georgia-based Unisource Expands Canadian Presence

Georgia-based Unisource Worldwide, Inc., a company providing an integrated business solutions, is expanding its services in the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada region, opening of a 118,000 square foot full-service facility and increasing the number of its famous Big Red fleet of delivery trucks.

The company provides engineered design capabilities, eBusiness technology, logistics services, and paper brokerage services. It also markets commercial printing and business imaging papers, wide-format equipment and media, packaging materials and systems, and facility supplies and equipment.

"This new warehouse and office facility positions Unisource Canada to better service our customers' needs in the Alberta market with access to the best products from leading manufacturers," said Dan Barbagallo, President of Unisource Canada.

Located at 11704 - 186 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta the new facility is an example of Unisource Worldwide's continued investment in its businesses, particularly the growth foreseen for the Edmonton and northern Alberta marketplace, he said.

"At a time when others in our industry seem to be reconsidering their commitment to the demanding Alberta market, we remain bullish on the future of all our core business units which include paper, packaging, facility supplies and logistics," Barbagallo said. "Unisource plans to gradually increase product offerings and inventory levels at the new warehouse more than five-fold."

While job creation figures were not immediately available, the new Edmonton facility will replace a smaller 25,000 sq. ft. building that for the past 10 years received most of its inventory from Unisource's 250,000 sq. ft. warehouse based in Calgary. The Edmonton facility will feature a state-of-the-art warehouse management system, including 22 receiving and shipping doors, and an environmentally-friendly motion-sensitive lighting system.

In addition to the new warehouse, Unisource is investing in its Big Red truck fleet, featuring all-new tractor- trailer units. Company drivers will deliver products to customers in the Edmonton and northern Alberta area, including regular service to the growing Fort McMurray region northeast of Edmonton.

"Having our own fleet of trucks in this region provides Unisource with an even greater ability to provide dedicated and reliable transportation, increase service levels, and control costs. This is also an opportunity for our customers to take advantage of our world-class logistics network," said Jeff Rudy, President of Supply Chain for Unisource Worldwide. Like the warehouse, the fleet will feature state-of-the-art technology including GPS monitoring, RoadNET routing, and real-time delivery data. "We want to ensure Edmonton customers experience the same quality and service level Unisource is known for throughout North America," Rudy said.
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