Purolator opens new Minneapolis/MSP branch

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Purolator International, a provider of U.S.-Canada logistics services and subsidiary of Canadian logistics provider Purolator Inc., announced the opening of a new Minneapolis/MSP facility as part of its U.S./international expansion. The Minneapolis branch offers cross-border logistics services for shipments traveling between the United States’ Central Region and Canada.

“There’s a vast amount of cross-border trade between Canada, Minneapolis and the entire Central Region,” says John Costanzo, president of Purolator International, based in Jericho, N.Y. “This new branch location will provide Purolator with a direct access to the Canadian border and offer global supply chain solutions for area businesses that ship to and from the Canadian market.” Minneapolis is the company’s fourth branch opening in 2011 so far, with recent openings in San Francisco, Boston and Salt Lake City.

John Wilson, a Minnesota resident and a board member of the Midwest Global Trade Associations, has been named branch manager, and will head up the new office, where he will oversee day-to-day operations and manage all branch employees of the Minneapolis/MSP branch that processes small package and freight deliveries for the country’s central region and Canada, as well as within the United States.

“We are very pleased to have John head up the new Minneapolis/MSP facility,” says Chris Antonelli, Central District manager of Purolator International. “His proven track record of dramatically increasing sales revenue in key markets is vital, given the amount of cross-border trade that is handled in the Minneapolis/MSP branch.”

Before joining Purolator International, Wilson was an international account manager at UPS, responsible for producing specific international revenue growth and target achievement. Prior, Wilson held a senior manager sales position at DHL Express in Richmond, Va., and Minneapolis.