Purolator Inc.

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Purolator Inc.
Type Crown corporation
Industry Courier
Founded Eastern Canada, 1960
Headquarters Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Key people

Patrick Nangle: President and Chief Executive Office.

Mike Boucher: Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.

John T. Costanzo: President of Purolator International.

Michael Coté: Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

Deb Craven: Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

John Hannah: Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.
Products Parcel delivery
Revenue CA$1.5 billion (2008)
Employees 12,500
Website http://www.purolator.com

Purolator Inc. is a Canadian courier that is 91% owned by Canada Post Corporation,[1] 7% owned by Barry Lapointe Holdings Ltd. and 2% by others.

Purolator truck showing the HAZMAT Class 5 Oxidizing Agents and Organic Peroxides placard on the rear door.

The company was originally organized as Trans Canada Couriers, Ltd. In 1967, it was acquired by the US manufacturer of oil and air filters Purolator[2]—the name was originally an abbreviated form of "pure oil later".[3] In 1987, the company returned to Canadian ownership. Although it retained the Purolator name, it has since had no connection with the oil filter business.

Purolator has partnered with United Parcel Service for deliveries outside of Canada.

Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter operates DC-10-30F, Boeing 727, and Convair 580 cargo aircraft for Purolator.

Since 2003, Purolator has organized an annual food drive in association with the Canadian Football League. Every season, fans in each city are invited to bring non-perishable food items to a selected home game, and Purolator collects and donates the food to local food banks. Also, for every quarterback sack in the CFL, Purolator donates the quarterback's weight in food to the food bank in the city where the game was held.

On April 28, 2008, Teamsters Canada, the official union of Purolator truck drivers, package handlers, couriers, and other workers, gave employees a 72 hour strike warning[clarification needed]. A tentative agreement from one month prior was rejected by 51% of Purolator union members. Purolator and its union met with a federally appointed mediator and reached a 2nd tentative agreement on April 30, around 24 hours before the strike deadline.[4]

Purolator 727 on the left, and a DHL DC-9 on the right at Calgary International.

Unicell Quicksider[edit]

On September 24, 2007, Purolator Inc. introduced the Unicell Quicksider, a prototype full-electric vehicle, lightweight urban delivery vehicle, developed by a consortium led by Toronto-based Unicell Limited[5] in partnership with ArvinMeritor, Battery Engineering and Test Services Inc.; Bodycote Material Testing; Electrovaya Inc.; PMG Technologies Inc.; Purolator Courier Ltd.; Southwestern Energy; and the Transportation Development Centre of Transport Canada.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Purolator Facts". Purolator.com. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Purolator history". Purolator.com. 1960-12-05. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  3. ^ "Purolator Auto Filters history". Purolatorautofilters.net. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  4. ^ "Business | Purolator, union reach deal". TheStar.com. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  5. ^ "Unicell". Unicell. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Purolator Introduces Prototype Battery-Electric Delivery Vehicle". Green Car Congress. 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  7. ^ "Purolator Quicksider Electric Delivery Vehicle Displayed in Toronto". TreeHugger. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 

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