McKesson Canada redesigns its Ontario distribution network

MONTREAL, July 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - McKesson Canada announced today that it 
is bringing important changes to its Ontario distribution network to better 
serve its customers and their evolving needs, and position itself for future 
growth. Over the coming year, McKesson Canada will be consolidating its 
operations from five existing Ontario facilities to four distribution centres 
located in Brampton, Trenton, Ottawa and Chatham. 
As a part of this redesign, a new state of the art distribution centre is 
being built in Trenton (Quinte West). This new facility will allow McKesson to 
increase capacity to better serve its customers and achieve higher operational 
"As market conditions and regulatory requirements continue to shape the 
Canadian health care landscape, we felt that optimizing our network and 
investing significantly in our infrastructure was the right decision for 
McKesson Canada. This will allow us to increase our capacity, improve our 
efficiency and ensure we are appropriately positioned to adapt to a 
transforming environment," explained Nick Loporcaro, President of McKesson 
As a result of this redesign, the Mississauga distribution centre will be 
closing in the spring of 2014. This will lead to a total of approximately 190 
job losses. Additional job losses are also expected to occur at the Brampton, 
Chatham and Ottawa distribution centres in the coming months. 
"This is a challenging day for the McKesson Canada family. We understand that 
these business decisions have a high impact on the personal and professional 
lives of our employees. We are committed to providing them with the best 
available care throughout the transition," indicated Nick Loporcaro. 
Members of McKesson Canada's management team met with all of the affected 
Ontario employees earlier this afternoon in order to inform them of this 
decision and explain the support that they will receive during the course of 
the transition. The company is committed to treating each impacted employee 
with great consideration, in accordance with its ICARE shared values and 
ensuring the utmost respect and fairness, and will work closely with them 
throughout this transition. 
About McKesson Canada
Founded more than 100 years ago, McKesson Canada is dedicated to delivering 
vital medicines, supplies and information technologies that enable the health 
care industry to provide patients with better, safer care. The company's 
solutions empower pharmacies, manufacturers, hospitals and other health care 
institutions by enabling them to get closer to the millions of patients they 
serve every single day, while contributing to the quality and safety of care 
in Canada. 
Elizabeth Huart Corporate Communications McKesson Canada 514.832.2587 
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