DAILY NEWS Dec 6, 2013 2:00 PM - 0 comments

UPS Canada opens one of largest cold-chain chambers; expands healthcare campus

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BURLINGTON, Ont--UPS Canada officially opened its expanded healthcare facility in Burlington, Ontario, Canada today.

With the addition of more than 200,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art climate controlled space, the facility now has a total capacity of 600,000 sq. ft.. One of the the biggest coolers in Canada, this expanded facility will help pharmacists, health care professionals and patients access secure pharmaceuticals that have been stored under the highest standards. UPS has a total 11 dedicated healthcare facilities in Canada, including three at the Burlington logistics campus, said the company, which offered a tour of the facility and discussion with  Kevin McConnell, Vice-President, Canada Distribution, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, and attending politicians Eve Adams, Member of Parliament for Mississauga –Brampton South and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Healt, Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, Jane McKenna, Member of Provincial Parliament for Burlington, Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington, and Ralph Mueller, Director of Supply Chain, AMGEN Canada.

 Mueller said the company has had a 15 year partnership with UPS for handling pharmaceuticals and today’s ribbon cutting marked a renewed five year commitment to the partnership.

  “Biologic medications have the ability to change lives, and are complex to manufacture and distribute, so it’s critical that we can serve every patient every time,” said Mueller.

  “UPS is a company that upholds the same standards for regulatory compliance as we do and we are proud to be aligned with them,” he added.

 Amgen is an anchor client in UPS’s multi-client cooler facility, said J. Kevin McConnell, Vice President, Canada Distribution, UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

 McConnell said there is a lot of growth in healthcare products and the strategy for the Burlington campus’ cooler facility saw the company “build ahead”, anticipating growth around the clients’ world projections.

 The new facility is temperature monitored and boasts strong perimeter security, full fencing and redundant security features built in.

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