The centre, training CN employees across Canada, is the latest sign of
the company's commitment to the Prairies
WINNIPEG, Sept. 9, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today
officially opened its new employee training centre in Winnipeg. The
100,000-square-foot facility is currently hosting 350-plus CN students
from across Canada every week, with hands-on training for all key
Claude Mongeau, CN president and chief executive officer, said: "The
opening of this state-of-the-art training centre is a cornerstone in
CN's workforce renewal, which this year will see the hiring of more
than 3,500 employees across our North American network.
"Our training campus in Winnipeg's Transcona neighbourhood - home to a
major CN mechanical shop for more than a century -- will enhance our
railroader training programs, and help us instill a strong safety
culture in our new hires and reinforce it among current employees who
are learning new skills or upgrading existing ones.
"The new Winnipeg training centre is also a symbol of the key role that
Winnipeg and Manitoba play in CN's network. Winnipeg is the hub of our
transcontinental network. All of CN's east-west, transcontinental
traffic and our north-south cross border traffic are funneled through
The new centre will offer courses for jobs ranging from conductor to car
mechanic, and from track supervisor to signal maintainer. Employees
will receive hands-on training in indoor learning laboratories with
equipment such as locomotive simulators and dispatcher stations.
Outdoor labs with dedicated rolling stock and other equipment for field
training will also be a key focus.
CN has invested C$35 million in the Winnipeg training campus and
continues to invest ahead of the curve in its Western Canada network to
improve network resilience to meet customer demand. As part of that
program, CN last year undertook a major program to upgrade to its
Edmonton-Winnipeg corridor. At a cost of C$70 million, CN increased
capacity on its principal main line between Edmonton and Winnipeg by
extending sidings, double-tracking certain segments, and improving
yards at Saskatoon and Winnipeg. In addition, CN spent C$30 million to
improve its Prairie North Line, a secondary line that runs parallel to
and north of the company's main corridor between Edmonton and Winnipeg.
The second line acts as a detour route for the main corridor, providing
flexibility and resilience to the network.
CN plans additional investments in its principal Edmonton-Winnipeg main
line to expand capacity this year, as well as on expanding capacity on
its Winnipeg-Chicago main line corridor.
CN has a continuing focus on employee training - it will formally open a
second centralized training facility next month for United States
employees adjacent to its Woodcrest Mechanical Shop in the Chicago
suburb of Homewood, Ill.
CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250
billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors,
ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer
goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America, from the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico. CN - Canadian
National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries
-- serves the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal,
Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of
Toronto, 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.
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