· Original 97,000-square-foot Parts Distribution Centre expands to 164,000 square feet
· Expanded space allows Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada to better support its 96 dealers
· All off-site parts storage to be consolidated in Mississauga
MISSISSAUGA, ON, October 10, 2023 – With more dealerships, record sales and a continually updated lineup of vehicles, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (MMSCAN) has opened a significantly expanded Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) in Mississauga.
First opened in early 2011, MMSCAN’s original PDC warehouse featured 97,000 square feet of space, allowing it to support what was, at the time, a network of around 80 dealers across Canada. But with the number of dealers now expanded to 96, and a total of 21 years worth of vehicle introductions and updates in Canada, the original PDC space was overflowing, requiring inefficient off-site storage use.
On Tuesday, Oct. 3, MMSCAN President and CEO Kenji Harada officially cut the ribbon on the adjacent 67,000-square-foot warehouse unit in Mississauga, which is now connected to the original space through large openings in the walls.
Harada was MMSCAN’s Manager of Parts and Accessories in the late 2000s, when the company planned for and opened the original PDC. He went on to other executive roles globally with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation before returning to Canada as President and CEO in 2021. It was a full-circle moment when he opened the second unit Tuesday.
“This expansion of our parts centre is a reflection of Mitsubishi Motors’ growth in Canada,” Harada said. “We owe a debt of gratitude for the hard work and dedication of our entire MMSCAN team, from all of the workers in our parts warehouse to everyone working in our 96 dealerships across Canada.”
In addition to allowing all of the off-site storage to be brought to the expanded space, it will also allow MMSCAN to reintroduce a number of dealer support programs that had been put on hold because of a lack of space within the original PDC. For example, the Dealer Obsolescence Program will resume in November, which allows dealers to send back unsold parts for a credit. This also supports the company’s environmental sustainability goals, as it means fewer parts going to landfills in local communities.
“We’ve had the PDC for 12 years, and in that time, we’ve seen the number of parts we ship from this building each day double,” said Brian McGrath, Director, Aftersales for MMSCAN. “Moving forward, if we’re going to continue at that cadence of business by adding more dealers and increasing the volume of vehicles in operation, we need more space. This is about improving our supply chain, which is a key part of our business.”
Photo caption: Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada opened an expanded Parts Distribution Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Mississauga. Front row from left, Director, Aftersales Brian McGrath; Manager, PDC Rahul Dua; President and CEO Kenji Harada; and Chief Financial Officer Matthew Loptson are joined by MMSCAN employees in the new warehouse space.
About Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (MMSCAN) is the sales, service, parts and marketing arm for Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors with 96 dealerships across the country. The 2024 product range includes the Mirage sub-compact car, RVR sub-compact crossover, Eclipse Cross compact sport utility and Outlander/Outlander PHEV compact sport utility, which won the AJAC Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle in Canada Award for 2023. MMSCAN supports its dealerships with a head office team and parts distribution centre, both located in Mississauga, Ontario. Established in 2002, MMSCAN and its dealerships employ more than 1,200 people in communities large and small.
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