Boucherville QC, February 6, 2015 – Uni-Select Inc. (TSX: UNS), a major automotive aftermarket product distributor in North America, is pleased to announce the opening of its new Regional Distribution Center (RDC) in Avon, MA.
The new 104,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, with its new ERP software is designed to optimize efficiency and provide greater product range and availability for customers in New England and Eastern New York. Customers in the region will have access to over 96,000 SKUs and over $9 million worth of inventory, available on a next-day basis. Operations at the new facility are handled by a team of 70 people.
The opening is part of the Corporation’s Action Plan unveiled on July 11, 2013, aimed at improving performance and delivering higher service rates. With this new warehouse, the second in the space of just one year following last January’s opening of a new RDC in Washington, D.C., Uni-Select will consolidate the region’s distribution activities, improve its product availability and deliver a higher level of service to its customers in the region.
"We are once again very pleased to be able to offer our customers a new high-efficiency distribution center experience, and look forward to the many benefits it promises for clients, partners and employees alike.” stated Brent Windom, President and Chief Operating Officer of Uni-Select USA, Inc. “With the new Avon opening, our 2013 Action Plan continues, as does the increasing quality of our customer service, our efficiency, and the strengthening of our position as a partner of choice for our customers.”
Founded in 1968, Uni-Select is a major distributor of replacement parts, equipment, tools, accessories, paint and related products for motor vehicles in North America. Leader in the Canadian industry, Uni-Select is the 5th largest distributor in the United States and the leading independent distributor of automotive paint and related products in the country. With its 5,500 employees, Uni-Select efficiently services a wide network of independent installers and wholesalers, including over 6,600 that operate under one of its banner programs in North America. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.
The information provided in this press release may include some forward-looking information, which could include certain risks and uncertainties, which may cause the final results to be significantly different from those listed or implied within this news release. For additional information with respect to risks and uncertainties, refer to the Annual Report filed by Uni-Select with the Canadian securities commissions. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this press release, and Uni-Select does not undertake to publicly update such forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.
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