By Nancy Phillips
When U.S. retail giant Target announced its major expansion into Canada, it chose Armour Transportation Systems as its distribution partner for Atlantic Canada. The contract with Target, along with an expanding roster of clients, is driving Armour’s growth.
“We are extremely pleased to be enjoying this new business with Target and a number of new accounts,” said Wes Armour, president and CEO of Armour Transportation Systems.
The company is adding 100,000 sq. ft. to its 150,000 sq. ft. warehouse in the Halifax Logistics Park.“The Halifax Logistics Park is the perfect location to meet our new and existing business growth,” said Mr. Armour.
Armour’s logistics and transloading operation sits on 40 acres in a prime location. It is close to the bridge for servicing freight arriving through the Port of Halifax and it offers easy access to the highway routes in all directions outside the city.
Armour Transportation System’s core service is connecting Atlantic Canada with key trading partners in Ontario, Quebec, Western Canada, the United States and Mexico. This expansion allows Armour to service domestic customers such as Target, Halifax Port customers, and meet the logistics demands of the mining industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The company has recently purchased Way’s Transport and RJS Terminal Limited to expand its services across Newfoundland. Through multiple acquisitions Armour has grown its family of companies and built an extensive network of terminals and equipment. This enables Armour Transportation Systems to offer both truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) service.
“By acting on behalf of our customers and partner carriers, our combined relationships give us added volume, creating higher efficiencies. It also extends our reach throughout North America and everyone benefits as a result,” explained Mr. Armour.
Today, Armour Transportation Systems has over 4,000 pieces of equipment and 1,900 employees and is recognized as one of the top transportation and logistics companies in the country. Armour also provides several specialized services including temperature controlled trucking, intermodal rail, container drayage, logistics, courier, warehousing, and cross-docking.
There are over $100 billion in mega projects underway in Atlantic Canada and the Halifax Gateway is a key piece of the region’s economic infrastructure. The collaborative approach of its partners, like Armour Transportation Systems, facilitates the Halifax Gateway’s ability to offer a one-stop-shop for companies to reach international markets.
In her role as Director, Business Development, Nancy brings considerable experience to the Partnership’s strategic activities as they relate to business attraction, trade development and international markets.
Nancy also provides strategic management to the Halifax Gateway Council, acting as Executive Director to the public/private group formed to pursue multi-modal transportation opportunities in the Halifax Regional Municipality.