Work starts on Lactalis’ largest-capacity global centre in Oshawa

Developer, builder, and property manager Broccolini together with Canadian dairy leader Lactalis Canada yesterday held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for Lactalis Canada’s new distribution centre in Oshawa.

Located at 1680 Thornton Road North in the Northwood Business Park, the 379,000 square foot centre is scheduled to open in Q4 2024 and will create approximately 80 jobs in Oshawa and the surrounding region, said a company statement.

It said the zero-carbon ready building will become the largest distribution centre, from a capacity standpoint, for Lactalis Group globally and will be principally used for Lactalis Canada’s cheese and tablespreads category.

“Our sincere thanks to the city and residents of Oshawa for embracing Lactalis Canada into your community. With over 30 operations across the country, and a significant presence in Ontario, we are honored to contribute to the vibrant tapestry of Oshawa,” said Mark Taylor, President and CEO, Lactalis Canada.

“Our decision to invest in this distribution centre in Oshawa underscores our commitment to this country and its people, the food industry and Canadian economy at large and most importantly, our contribution to the prosperity and vitality of the communities in which we operate.”

“We are ready to go with our team already rallying together with shovels in the ground. We are incredibly excited by this partnership, and we are confident that in a little over a year from now, when we cross the finish line, everybody here will be able to stand in front of this new facility and be proud of what they accomplished,” said Anthony Broccolini, Broccolini Real Estate Group CEO.

Key Features:

  • Located at 1680 Thornton Road North in Oshawa, Ontario in the growing Northwood Business Park.
  • A 379,000 square feet facility with the ability to store up to 60,000 pallets in both cooler and freezer environments.
  • The building will be zero-carbon ready with the potential to be Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) certified.
  • Source of energy will be fully on the Ontario power grid with no additional reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
  • Use of energy efficient lighting controls, equipment and high insulation values will reduce the power load imposed on the refrigeration system.
  • Heat generated from the refrigeration system will be fully reclaimed and used to heat the facility’s offices and the truck apron to melt snow for safety reasons.
  • White roof will reduce heat island effect.
  • Solar panels on the roof in a future phase will provide renewable power to partially or completely offset reliance on the power grid under certain conditions.
Above a rendering of the completed facility. Top image of the ground breaking

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