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Rack Modernization Case Study

Imperial Oil Limited Cold Lake Operations Amisk Storage Warehouse

April 2021 - Cold Lake, Alberta


  • Construction: Existing Warehouse
  • Type: Storage & Distribution
  • Partners: North American Storage, Unitran
  • Manufacturing
  • Size: 24,000 ft2
  • Substantial Completion: August 2019.
  • Climate Zone: Boreal Forest, Sub-Arctic 7A


  • Vertical Lift Module
  • Selective Pallet Racking
  • Structural Cantilever Racking
  • Ground floor & mezzanine shelving systems
  • Platform floor, stairs and rails
  • Material scissor lift
  • Custom wire wall partitions
  • Rack and equipment guards Stacking steel baskets
  • Cylinder & safety cabinets
  • Mobile tool cribs
  • Self-dumping hoppers


High Density Shelving

  • EU7000 Series shelving product
  • Engineered custom solution for high density mixed storage of typical parts and consumables
  • Secondary upper shelving to accommodate overflow and lightweight materials
  • Adjustability allows evolution of the
    space in the future

VLM (Vertical Lift Module)

  • Occupies only 307 sq. ft. of
    floor area (10’ 2” x 30’)
  • Stores 10,140 SKUs. 6” x 6” x 6”
  • The enclosed system, reduces environmental contamination
  • The high-density capacity reduces pick & put away times
  • Provides secure passcode access
  • WAMAS Warehouse Management System fully integrates with existing ERP software

Heavy Duty Roll Formed
Selective Racking System

  • 100% Structural Engineered system for very heavy long loads
  • Maximized vertical storage with multiple storage levels
  • High damage resistance and long life span materials
  • Meets or exceeds all government codes and regulations

For more Information, please contact:
Dennis Woo. – Edmonton, Alberta
780-468-4395 / 800-580-1089

All images courtesy of Commander Warehouse Equipment Inc

Imperial Oil Limited Cold Lake Operations required a complete modernization of their existing storage facility in its challenging northern Alberta location.

The intent was to increase both the available storage capacity and the efficiency of the logistic operations in the facility and bring the entire warehousing operation up to current code requirements.

Shelf-supported platforms double the inventory capacity in a given floor area and are engineered to building code.

Commander Warehouse Equipment Inc. was contracted to provide full project expertise from initial consultations and design to final installation and commissioning of the warehouse space. In its partnership with IOL Canada, Commander Warehouse relied on the experience and expertise of its leading sales consultant and the on-site logistics managers for IOL to foster an efficient project flow and allow the project to meet IOL expectations. This project management was performed flawlessly and allowed this project to maintain budget and timelines.

The LOGIMAT Vertical Lift Module is similar to an oversized drawer cabinet with two stacks of trays, one at the front and one at the back. Between the two rows of trays is a lift. This lift climbs the entire height of the vertical storage machine to remove an individual tray from the respective positions and to deliver them to the access opening.

Varied arm spacings accommodate an assortment of long heavy equipment spares.

Value Added

Callbacks for value-added services to this project after completion speaks to the valuable relationship Commander forged with IOL and the ongoing positive relationship built on the back of this amazing project.

  • Added Structural Cantilever rack Storage System Fall 2020
  • Consultation and tendering partnership of upcoming expansion of 2 additional Alberta IOL facilities
  • Build out of packages and design consultation for all new storage warehouse for IOL Spring 2021