AMJ Campbell's Expansion Plans to Bring Development and Employment Opportunities to the Tri-Cities Area
Zoning exemption for moving firm
CAMBRIDGE – Council has set aside a
staff recommendation and has approved a zoning amendment to allow Canada’s
largest moving company, AMJ Campbell, to locate on Industrial Road.
The company has made renovations to a
28,000-square-foot building at 305 Industrial Rd., which sits on a two-acre
It is purchasing an adjacent two-acre
site for its moving business. The site is located within an area zoned for
prestige industrial development by the city.
“This location is in the former Preston
Sand & Gravel Pit,” said company spokesman Pierre Frappier. “This is a
prestige development that is not living up to expectation.”
Frappier said what AMJ Campbell is
proposing is compatible with other companies in the area.
The company will have 30 administrative
personnel and 60 labourers. There will be no outdoor storage, but about 50
trucks will be parked there overnight.
In an unusual move, the Chamber of
Commerce had representatives at council in support of the application.
“This was supposed to be a prestige
development, but its really a hole in the ground and all that anyone sees from
the 401 is the hydro station,” said chamber president Greg Durocher.
Chamber chair Uel McFall echoed that
“This site will be screened from the
401. What they are proposing makes a lot of sense and it’s helping to grow our
city,” he said.
Members of council also piled on as
Coun. Rick Cowsill amended the staff recommendation to allow the rezoning.
“I haven’t heard a good reason why this
should go forward,” he said of the recommended refusal. “Let’s face it, it’s in
a pit and can’t be seen from the highway.”
“Staff made the right decision, but
there are exceptions to the rule,” added Mayor Doug Craig. “This is in an area
that is out of the way in a lot of respects. It’s not really observed. It’s the
sensible, proper thing to do.”
“I’m so happy they are coming,” said
Coun. Karl Kiefer of AMJ Campbell. “We need more companies like this.”
“This is a no-brainer,” pitched in
Coun. Frank Monteiro. “Call the question.”
In his presentation, Frappier said AMJ
Campbell could employ up to 100 people in Cambridge in the short term and has
acquired additional land for potential expansion.
Campbell is proud to be Canada’s largest moving company. We know that moving
isn’t just about possessions — it’s about people. Since 1934, we have dedicated
ourselves to providing relocation services built on trust and integrity.
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AMJ Campbell Van Lines