WINNIPEG, June 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today
announced a major sponsorship of the Transcona Centennial Square,
honouring joint centennial celebrations by the community of Transcona
and CN's Transcona Shops.
CN will contribute $250,000 to erect a Centennial Clock Tower on the
Transcona Centennial Square, in recognition of the long-time and
continuing relationship between the town and the railway. The
announcement was made today by CN President and Chief Executive Officer
Claude Mongeau, while visiting the CN Transcona Shops and employees
during the centennial celebrations.
"The bond between CN and Transcona goes back to the early days of the 20th century," said Mr. Mongeau. "The town grew around the Shops complex
that was being built on the open prairie. Over the decades, generations
of CN workers made their homes and raised their families here. I am
immensely proud that the tradition carries on today, 100 years later,
and to be recognizing the ties between us in this highly visible
"On behalf of Transcona, I want to sincerely thank Claude Mongeau for
his tremendous leadership and dedication to communities such as ours,"
said Transcona Ward Winnipeg City Councillor Russ Wyatt. "As the
success and proud history of Transcona and Winnipeg are directly linked
to the development and growth of this great railway company, we are
The Tower will be built on the Centennial Square now being established
in the heart of downtown Transcona. The Square will be a tribute to the
history, pride and strong spirit of the community as it gathers
together to celebrate its 100th Anniversary. The construction and development of this quarter acre
urban park will create usable green space which will be enjoyed by all.
"Today's announcement of CN's generous sponsorship will enable the
construction of a Clock Tower that will be a community beacon that pays
tribute to the strong history and spirit of Transcona, " said Kent
Davis, President of the Transcona Business Improvement Zone which is
overseeing the development of both the Square and the Tower. "It is
truly fitting our partner here today is CN. Transcona is a railway town
and this celebrates that long and strong connection. Today and well
into the future, Transcona citizens will enjoy this beautiful Town
Square and all of its elements."
CN employs approximately 500 people at its Transcona Shops complex. They
perform heavy repairs to CN's Canadian-based locomotives and railcar
fleets and supply the whole network with freight and locomotive wheels
and traction motors. More than 300 of these workers have joined CN in
the last five years. In addition to the workforce renewal, CN has
invested some $10 million of improvements to the Shops in the same time
period, upgrading lighting, ventilation, employee facilities and other
parts of the complex.
CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway
subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver,
Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala.,
and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit,
Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul,
Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North
America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.
For further information:
Director, Public and Government Affairs
For Transcona Business Improvement Zone