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Timken to transfer Toronto warehousing operations to Colinx in April

Canton, OH -- Bearing and alloy steel manufacturer The Timken Company plans to transfer the balance of its Toronto...


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March 18, 2004
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Canton, OH — Bearing and alloy steel manufacturer The Timken Company plans to transfer the balance of its Toronto and Reno, Nev., warehousing operations to CoLinx. The transfer of the Toronto operations to CoLinx Canada ULC and the Reno facility to CoLinx LLC will be effective April 24, 2004.

The Canadian and U.S. CoLinx companies, formed as a joint venture involving INA Holding Schaeffler KG, Rockwell Automation, The SKF Group and Timken, provide web-based services and integrated logistics for premium-brand industrial manufacturers.

The Toronto and Reno facilities currently ship Torrington and Fafnir products to authorized distributors throughout Canada and the western U.S. They will become integrated with the existing CoLinx operations that have already been shipping Timken products for the past two years. This latest move will provide Timken with two primary distribution points for all of its brands across Canada and the western U.S.

The transfer between CoLinx Canada and Timken includes the movement of warehouse operations from the current 15,000 sq ft facility in Mississauga, Ont., to a new 50,000 sq ft CoLinx warehouse in Bramalea, Ont. CoLinx Canada has offered employment to Timken’s four full-time warehouse associates.

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“These initiatives allow us to advance our logistics functions so that we have central distribution for the full complement of quality Timken products across Canada,” said Kari Groh, general manager – global logistics and customer service, for Timken’s distribution management business. “These moves also set the stage for us to provide one face to the customer, a key objective since we acquired The Torrington Company last year.

“We trust that our distributors will find it much easier to do business with us as soon as we complete the integration of our order management systems, which is scheduled for later this year,” she added. “In the interim, the product will be co-located, but we will continue operating on separate order management systems — one for Timken products and the other for Torrington and Fafnir products.”

“We are very excited about expanding our relationship with Timken and are well-prepared to integrate these activities into our new facility in Bramalea,” said Don Louis, who serves as chairman of CoLinx Canada ULC and chief executive officer of CoLinx LLC. “This transfer further demonstrates the strength of the CoLinx shared services model and underscores our commitment to serve our member brands.”