June 2, 2005

BMW Canada breaks ground for new parts distribution centre

Whitby, Ontario – BMW Group Canada held an official groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for a new national Parts Distribution Centre in Whitby, Ontario. The site is located 2.5 km from BMW’s Canadian headquarters and represents a total investment of $12 million. It will replace the current warehouse located at the BMW head office and will be over three times its size.

“This new facility is a testament to the tremendous growth of the BMW, Mini and BMW Motorrad brands in Canada,” said Lindsay Duffield, President and CEO of BMW Group Canada. “The added capacity will ensure that we continue to provide our owners the ‘ultimate customer experience’ by providing our retail network with efficient parts distribution.”

Scheduled to open November 1, 2005, the new warehouse will be the primary parts supply warehouse for all BMW, Mini and BMW Motorrad retailers east of Manitoba, and a backup for all retailers west of Manitoba. Western Canada retailers will continue to be supplied by the company’s Richmond, British Columbia facility.

The new facility will employ 30 people and will initially inventory over 43,000 parts. It will be totally paper-free and will operate with an on-line radio-frequency interactive process. It is expected to achieve a first-pass fill rate of over 95 per cent for any part for BMW and Mini vehicles, and BMW motorcycles.

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