CN, ADM and Midwest Inland Port drive increased container shipments over Decatur, Ill., intermodal ramp

CHICAGO, Aug. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI), Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) and the Midwest Inland Port (MIP) said today their collaborative logistics and marketing efforts are driving increased container shipments over ADM's privately owned intermodal ramp located in Decatur, Ill.

CN is transporting an increasing number of import containers from the Port of Montreal and the Port of Prince Rupert, B.C., to the Decatur facility in thrice-weekly train service to deliver to customers across the Midwest.

ADM then reloads the empty 40-foot import containers in Decatur with export loads of grain and processed products destined for global markets via CN's rail network and its Canadian port gateways. CN and ADM have a strong history of partnering together on other rail freight opportunities including shipments to Mexico. 

JJ Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, said: "CN is a supply chain enabler and its collaborative efforts with ADM and MIP through the Midwest Inland Port Strategic Development Coalition is forging new logistics chain and growth opportunities for ADM and other enterprises in Decatur and the surrounding region.

"CN brings to the table an unparalleled three-coast network reach, extensive contacts in Asian markets, sophisticated freight-forwarding knowledge, and expert U.S. customs and marketing support."

Dennis Whalen, vice-president – transportation, intermodal freight for ADM, said: "We are pleased to see rising volumes of imported containers arriving at our intermodal ramp via CN for area distribution in Illinois. The resulting empty container capacity is essential to our efforts to grow exports of our products to global markets, especially in Asia."

Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County, which oversees MIP, said: "CN and ADM are helping to grow our area economy, which benefits from CN's connectivity to Atlantic and Pacific ports, our region's uncongested rail network, a good supply of land for development located on the Decatur Central Railroad served by CN, and a skilled, motivated workforce."

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About CN
CN transports more than 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 of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the Company's website at

About ADM
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we're one of the word's largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 32,300 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes 428 crop procurement locations, 280 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 39 innovation centers and the world's premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at

About the Midwest Inland Port
The Midwest Inland Port is a multi-modal hub located in Decatur, Ill., that delivers both domestic and international flexibility for companies through a well-positioned transportation corridor, connecting the Midwest to the East, West and Gulf Coasts of North America. For more information, visit


For further information: CN Contacts: Media: Mark Hallman, Director, Communications & Public Affairs, (905) 669-3384; Investment Community: Paul Butcher, Vice-President, Investor Relations, (514) 399-0052, ADM Contact: Media: Jackie Anderson, Media Relations, (217) 424-5413; Midwest Inland Port Contacts: Media: Ryan McCrady, President, Economic Development Corp. of Decatur & Macon County; Larry Altenbaumer, Executive Director, Midwest Inland Port; Nicole Bateman, Community Marketing Manager, Economic Development Corp. of Decatur & Macon County; Dial (217) 422-9520 for all three contacts


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