Stellantis commemorates opening of Mopar parts DC in Brampton

Stellantis North America has opened a state-of-the-art Mopar Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) in Brampton, Ontario.

Stellantis North America commemorated the opening of a Mopar Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) on July 9, 2024. From left: Anthony Fioritto II, Stellantis director of supply chain engineering; Troy Nibbe, Stellantis regional PDC operations director; Melody Pedersen, Unifor Local 1285 shop chair; Mike Koval Jr., Stellantis senior vice-president and head of Mopar North America; Partick Brown, Mayor of Brampton and Eduardo Escobedo, Brampton PDC Plant Manager.

Mopar is the global name for Stellantis genuine parts and authentic accessories. The PDC represents an investment of $25.1 million and will employ more than 170 workers.

“The opening of our new Mopar parts distribution centre in Brampton represents a significant milestone for Mopar and Stellantis and is further proof of our ongoing investment in enhancing operational excellence,” said Mike Koval Jr., senior vice-president, head of Mopar North America. “We’re bringing the latest technology and innovation into our facility to support our dedicated Unifor-represented employees. This new, state-of-the-art workplace will improve efficiency for our dealers and customers while ensuring that we can quickly deliver the right part at the right time every time.”

Built to support Stellantis dealerships and customers in OntarioQuebec and Eastern Canada, the 513,000-square-foot facility houses close to 55,000 parts and has capacity to ship up to an estimated 2 million orders annually.

The new PDC is the first Stellantis facility in North America to use the innovative AutoStore automated storage and retrieval system. Cutting-edge tech used in industrial warehousing globally, the AutoStore system uses 27 robots equipped with advanced picking functions to navigate tracks built above a 16-foot-tall grid stocked with parts. The robots quickly retrieve various parts from one of 43,000 bins stacked within 11,700 square feet of storage space. The robots transport the parts directly to various production stations where employees pack and process the final shipments.

The AutoStore system increases the speed, precision and reliability of parts procurement within the PDC, leading to on-time shipping while reducing the floorspace needed to house the supply of parts.

A state-of-the-art service training centre located within the Brampton PDC offers 12,000 square feet of dedicated space for classroom teaching and garage space for hands-on technical instruction.

The Brampton PDC is one of 21 facilities in North America that supply replacement and custom parts to dealerships and aftermarket customers. To support Stellantis’ goal of reducing its carbon emissions, Mopar has reduced the parts storage footprint in the Eastern Canada market by combining the former Montreal and Mississauga PDC facilities into one, while reducing the physical footprint needed for the Brampton PDC using the AutoStore system.