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The Oshawa Port Authority hosted its third Annual General Meeting today, releasing its 2014 audited financial statements that show major projects including the multi-million dollar rail spur and cargo pad, are generating new business opportunities and jobs for local workers.

“The rail spur just opened and already we’re getting expressions of interest from companies ranging from steel to the energy sector,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “Businesses have been quick to recognize the clear advantages of an intermodal port with rail, road and water access to move cargo.”

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The Port of Oshawa has boosted its industry benefits, with the official opening today of a new $4.1 million rail spur at a special ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local elected and industry officials.

“The rail spur is a crucial link that helps us meet the growing demands of businesses,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “Oshawa’s national deep-sea port is now truly intermodal, and able to move cargo of all sizes year round. That’s a huge advantage.”

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The Port of Oshawa officially welcomed the first international vessel, M/V Marbacan, at a special Top Hat ceremony today, kicking off a new shipping season, and what is expected to be a pivotal year for the port.

“With a new $2.5 million cargo pad and new multi-million dollar rail spur set to open this spring, the port is well positioned to serve current customers and new businesses like never before,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “These investments in port expansion support our local companies and benefit the entire region.”

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Triad Metals, one of the Port of Oshawa’s newest customers is already making its mark. The company is gearing up to hire new workers, and is currently in the race to bring the first international vessel into the port, kicking off this year’s shipping season.

Triad Metals, a wholesale distributor of structural steel products in the U.S, is building its first Canadian warehousing operation on Farewell Avenue. The company will be hiring up to 30 people, with positions ranging from administration to warehousing and sales.

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After several years of building and revitalization, the Port of Oshawa enters into a new phase this year, when that expansion is expected to translate into new port customers.

"The Port of Oshawa is really coming into its own," said Donna Taylor, CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. "With expansion drawing to completion, the port is in an ideal position to offer industry every advantage."

Over the past several years, the port has been in building mode. It’s made substantial investments in several new projects, including a $2.5 million cargo pad on the east port lands, the East Wharf Consolidation Project that provides additional berth for ships, and a multi-million dollar rail spur, all of which allow the port to handle more cargo.

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From the early days of fish and fur, the Port of Oshawa has been at the centre of trade.  It began as a transfer point for fur traders, who loaded their pelts onto canoes at Oshawa’s harbour. Later, in 1794, Benjamin Wilson laid claim to the abandoned trading post, becoming the first settler to arrive in Oshawa.

By the mid 1800s, the harbour was becoming a vital transportation link that made Oshawa the place to be for industry including tanneries and foundries. As businesses and manufacturing grew around the harbour, Oshawa drew comparisons to England’s industrial city of Manchester, becoming known as the “Manchester of Canada.” By 1930, the auto industry was gaining in popularity. That summer, Oshawa Harbour officially opened with the arrival of the S.S. City of Kingston, as it picked up a cargo of General Motors cars.

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The Port of Oshawa has a lot of celebrate, closing out the year with a significant increase in cargo volumes, and the completion of major projects that are already drawing new industry to the port.

One of the port’s newest customers is Triad Metals International, a wholesale distributor of structural steel products in the U.S, which is currently building its first Canadian warehousing operation on Farewell Avenue.

"With our facility within striking distance of the port, that’s a huge advantage for us," said Jeff Hroncich, Vice-President of Sales Canada for Triad. "The port allows us to serve Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and U.S. far more efficiently."

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The Port of Oshawa in partnership with Oshawa Stevedoring Inc. is pleased to announce that it is expanding its services with the construction of a new multi million-dollar pad on the east port lands.

“The new cargo pad will allow the port to accommodate far more bulk materials,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “The more cargo we can handle, the better we’re able to serve existing customers and attract new ones.”

The potential for new business also brings the opportunity to create additional jobs in the port. The Port of Oshawa supports 294 jobs, and each year generates major economic benefits, including 6 million dollars in provincial and federal taxes.

The port handles an average of $23 million worth of cargo annually from steel and asphalt to grain. Last year, was one of the port’s most successful years. It handled 43 vessels, carrying over 291 thousand metric tonnes of various goods.

The new cargo pad will be built to the highest environmental standards. Construction is scheduled to begin next week, with completion expected by the end of the year.

About the Oshawa Port Authority

The Oshawa Port Authority was established by Letters Patent issued on January 25th, 2012 pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Oshawa Port Authority operates the Port of Oshawa and manages the associated harbour lands that are owned by the Crown. Visit: www.portofoshawa.ca.

For further information contact:
Donna Taylor, President & CEO, Oshawa Port Authority, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 905-576-0400

The Oshawa Port Authority would like to take this opportunity to welcome Oshawa’s new city council.

“We look forward to working with the new council, and aligning our efforts to support business growth and expand Oshawa’s tax base,” said Gary Valcour, Chair of the Oshawa Port Authority. “As a port city, Oshawa offers companies a huge competitive advantage.”

For starters, Oshawa is one of few cities that can boast an airport, rail lines, a regional deep-sea port and 400-series highways, all within close proximity. The port will be truly intermodal with the completion of the rail spur, expected this year, making the port even more attractive to current and prospective clients.

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Contact Information

Donna Taylor
President/CEO and Harbourmaster

1621 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Canada L1H 8J7

Phone: (905) 576-0400

Fax: (905) 576-5701

Email: info@portofoshawa.ca

© Port of Oshawa, 2017