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OGC Moves Into Sustainable Building

Published October 23, 2007

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC) has moved into its new “green” head office and warehouse in Montreal's St-Laurent borough.

"We closed our old offices Friday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. and were up and running in the new building Monday morning at 9 a.m.," said Jean Cloutier, OGC's vice president of operations and finance, who supervised the new building project for the company.

OGC is now working with its green building consultant, architect and general contractor to complete the application for LEED Canada certification.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Canada was adapted from the U.S. model by the Canada Green Building Council and rates environmentally-friendly buildings according to five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

"We have already satisfied the criteria for silver-level certification and think we will attain gold certification," said Cloutier.

OGC's new facility should substantially improve the company’s operating efficiency as well. ''We have over 103,000 square feet of space and have been working with Deloitte Consulting's warehouse logistics division for two years to ensure we have the most efficient warehouse operation and equipment possible.''

The distributor also doubled the size of its Vancouver warehouse and service center in July.

OGC is one of largest national distributors in Canada of brands such as Adidas, Bell, Blackburn, Camelbak, CycleOps, Easton, Fox Racing Shox, Giro, Kryptonite, Mavic, Opus, Ora, Pedro`s, PowerTap, Profile, San Marco, Saris, Speedplay and Vittoria-Geax.

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