The Brookside Business Park, located on the west side of Highway 7 (Brookside Boulevard) in the RM of Rosser, will have new tenants setting up shop in the near future.
Diane Gray, president and CEO of CentrePort Canada which operates the park, announced at a press conference on Oct. 30 that nine companies have or will establish operations at the 150-acre facility. Seven out of the nine companies will move into multi-tenant industrial buildings on both 19 and 20 Ronn Rd. in the RM. With the new additions to the park, the latter location is now fully leased.
“This past summer and fall have been the busiest construction season yet at the inland port. The landscape today is vastly different from the landscape of a year ago and even a month ago,” Gray said. She added after the press conference, “What we’re seeing at CentrePort is the take-off of industrial investment of new companies coming into the area with the full servicing of these lands.”
Comairco, Domino’s Pizza of Canada Ltd., La-Z-Boy Inc. and Techtop Canada Inc. will all move into 20 Ronn Rd. to establish distribution centres, while Stericycle is setting up industrial space in the same building. Fairview Ltd. will have an industrial fittings distribution and manufacturing facility on 19 Ronn Road and Kuehne + Nagel will also move in for its own logistics facility. J&R Hall Transport Inc. will have a transportation terminal on 137 Wheatfield Road and Lowry Manufacturing & Sales will establish an industrial supply and distribution centre on 126 Mountainview Road. The total area of the facilities are 143,000 square feet.
Rosser reeve Frances Smee said it was the RM’s pleasure to partner with CentrePort, the province and the South Interlake Planning District to bring the project forward. She called the growth of CentrePort a “success story.”
“The growth has been happening steadily. It continues to happen,” Smee told The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times after the press conference. “We are pleased with how CentrePort is coming into being. It’s what we envisioned and now it’s happening.”
The inland port is marking its 10th anniversary this fall and Smee added that while its northern portion in the RM of Rosser was meant to be developed in previous years, she could not have imagined the amount of companies doing business in the area.
“Even when we got into CentrePort … we envisioned that this is what would happen. But I don’t think anybody would have envisioned it to be this quick,” Smee said.
More businesses are slated to move into CentrePort, including a $94 million new oat mill by Paterson GlobalFoods to be constructed in the RM. Gray, however, said that CentrePort has more ideas in store.
“Right now we’re focused on some of the key industrial developments in the RM of Rosser. Those have included primarily truck service developments,” she added. “As we move forward into some of our future phases, we’re looking at the CentrePort Canada rail park, we’re looking at a residential component in the City of Winnipeg and new air-side industrial development on the west side of the airport campus.”