The event, held in the presence of Réjean Porlier, Mayor of Sept-Îles, Manon Langlois, Chair of the Sept-Îles Chamber of Commerce, members of the Morneau family and team as well as company partners and customers, heralded the official launch of the company’s operations initiated last March. This major investment of $1.5 million will contribute to job creation and the development of the Vigneault sector of the Sept-Îles Industrial Park.
Mayor Réjean Porlier said that, “Sept-Îles is at a crossroads; this investment by Groupe Morneau will allow it to position itself for a promising future in the region. I salute the company’s boldness and wish it and its team the best of success.”
“We appreciate Transport Morneau’s leadership. Through this investment and its vision for development, it has given our region a vote of confidence; its contribution will benefit and enhance, on a continuing basis, our local service offering,” said Chamber of Commerce Chair, Manon Langlois.
The opening of the Sept-Îles terminal follows that of the Baie-Comeau facility in 2002 and is aimed at facilitating access to a wider array of services in these expanding key areas in the Côte-Nord region. Area enterprises with growing transportation needs will have rapid access to local pick-up and delivery services, refrigerated transport services, bulking of shipments for the North as well as flatbed semitrailer transport services.
The facility, measuring over 120,000 sq ft, will improve merchandise transiting thanks to 10 state of the art unloading docks with pneumatic levelers for greater operational efficiency. The completely heated 7,600 sq ft warehouse will house administrative offices in an area of 1,400 sq ft with the remaining space used for the transshipment of goods.
Groupe Morneau President, André Morneau added that, “We cannot be prouder of this monumental project that we have been developing for a long time. Together with the Baie-Comeau terminal, through this facility at Sept-Îles, Groupe Morneau is positioned to efficiently serve all of this vast region and our clients, such as Arcelor Mittal. These two terminals also allow the company to further implement our policy on facilitating work-life balance for our employees.”