CHICAGO, IL, March 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI)
announced today the relocation of its forest products transload
operation to North America Stevedoring Company, LLC's operation at the
Port of Chicago to improve supply chain efficiencies for lumber
The new transload facility is located roughly 13 miles south of downtown
Chicago at 9301 South Kreiter Ave. North America Stevedoring receives
direct rail service from CN's nearby Kirk Yard in Gary, Ind., with
trucks accessing the terminal from Interstate 90. The new transload is
larger than the one it replaces and features more than 200,000 square
feet of indoor storage as well as outdoor space.
CN is completing a US$141-million rehabilitation and facilities addition
project at Kirk Yard.
Jean-Jacques Ruest, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer
of CN, said: "With the integration of the major portion of the Elgin,
Joliet and Eastern Railway into CN, we have a unique opportunity to
avoid Chicago rail congestion by relocating our forest products reload
facility to a site near Kirk Yard. This will deliver better, more
cost-effective supply service to our customers.
"Served daily by CN, the new transload operation is closer to both
Western Canadian lumber mills as well as Chicago-area markets receiving
lumber via CN. This improves transit times and inventory management for
our customers, underscoring CN's commitment to deliver innovative gains
in supply chain efficiencies."
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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
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