FedEx Express Canada opened a new state-of-the-art service centre in Mark­ham, Ontario. The multi-million-dollar, 89,000-square-foot fac­ility, which will accommodate a team of 150 will join the 400 company headquarters and almost 900 high-tech and life science companies located in the area.

“FedEx Express Canada is proud to commemorate the opening of our facility in a city that has had much to celebrate this week,” said FedEx Express Canada President, Lisa Lisson. “Much like the City of Markham itself, this facility is designed to meet the needs of today and the opportunities of tomorrow with enthusiasm and service excellence.”

The new facility (call-sign “YKZ”) features the latest technology for dispatching vehicles to coordinate pickups and deliveries across the GTA and Central Ontario.

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said, “Markham is a thriving, dynamic city. It’s fitting that FedEx is choosing to invest in Markham and locate its new operation here. We’re in the fourth-largest office cluster in Canada, we offer the lowest industrial tax rate and second-lowest commercial tax rate in the GTA, and we have an extremely talented and multi-lingual workforce. We’re pleased to welcome FedEx to Markham.”

The official opening took place on July 5, 2012 at 56 Steelcase Road West, in Markham. Lisa Lisson and Mayor Scarpitti were joined by Makrham Unionville MP John McCallum, Markham Councillor Alex Chiu, FedEx Express Canada VP of Operations Pina Starnino, and many other local dignitaries. This facility marks the latest in investments across Canada by FedEx Express Canada, including new facility openings in St. John’s, Nfld., Cambridge, Ont., and Surrey, B.C. and last year’s air-fleet conversion to Boeing 757s.