Nash Distribution, based in Ohio, chose Ottawa as its first location outside the United States for a warehouse.
The 5,200 square foot warehouse, located at 2764B Sheffield Rd., is positioned to serve not only Ottawa, but other nearby metropolitan areas, the company said in a press release.
“As a native of Canada, I know Canadians are proud to work with local businesses and people,” said Nash Chairman Jeremy Cantor.
Nash hired Andrew Davis as Canada’s first national sales manager. Davis has over 10 years of experience as a residential general contractor.
“Plus, having a warehouse in Ottawa run by a local industry expert…will all be real differentiators for our business north of the border,” added Cantor.
Nash provides solutions for crawl space, basement and foundation repair contractors and has four other distribution centers in the United States. Based on market research, Cantor and Davis identified the top 50 products in demand in Canada, including sump pumps, fiber wall repairs and drain mats.
“When I was an entrepreneur, one of the biggest challenges I faced every day was sourcing quality products from a single, trusted distributor who could guarantee I wouldn’t have teams sitting waiting for orders,” Davis said. “Nash offers a resource that Canadian entrepreneurs currently lack and I am thrilled to help launch this business in Ottawa.
Nash’s move to Ottawa comes as the city’s industrial and warehousing sector continues to ride an unprecedented wave of momentum.
A recent study by Re/Max cited the National Capital Region’s proximity to the 400-series highways and the US border as key reasons for increased industrial activity.
According to Altus Group, Ottawa’s industrial availability rate was 1.7% in the first quarter of 2022, down from 3.1% in the same period a year earlier.
Re/Max said the space crisis has pushed industrial rental rates to a new average record high of $15.50 net per square foot – a 30% increase from the average of $12 per square foot barely two years ago.
“In the east end of the city, smaller spaces are nearly impossible to find, listings that go online sell out quickly, often at a high price,” the report said.
Nash Distribution is far from the only major US retail giant to have moved to the National Capital Region in recent years to take advantage of the region’s proximity to major centers like Toronto and Montreal.
Amazon, for example, has opened two fulfillment centers covering nearly four million square feet as it seeks to meet growing demand for same-day deliveries to consumers in Canada’s two largest cities.
Along with a 2.8 million square foot facility in Barrhaven that was completed last year, Amazon also leases a million square foot warehouse on Boundary Road that opened in 2019. Montreal developer Broccolini , which built the two warehouses, is also planning to build a 700,000 square foot distribution center for Amazon in North Gower, a project that is now under appeal in the Ontario Lands Tribunal.
In addition, a number of other new industrial projects are underway, including three sites in Kanata – 1500 Upper Canada Street, 1300 Upper Canada Street and 103 Schneider Road. Real estate brokerage Colliers said earlier this year there were six industrial buildings under construction in the area, covering a total of nearly 370,000 square feet.
They include three projects slated for completion in the first half of this year – the 146,000 square foot 31 Avenue facility that is part of its one million square foot Nation’s Capital Business Park near corner of Hunt Club Rd and Hwy. 417; a 61,000 square foot facility being developed by American Iron and Metal Co. on Sheffield Road; and the 50,500 square foot Muzzo Group building at 1300 Upper Canada Street in Kanata.
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