04/16/2011 AT 08:31
Roughly 80 per cent of the new containers are heated, ensuring year-round quality service for temperature-sensitive goods; the balance of the boxes are standard dry containers.
Jean-Jacques Ruest, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer of CN, said: “CN's intermodal service is more cost effective than truck while offering customers truck-like transit times and a lower carbon footprint. CN has established a growing business transporting temperature-sensitive goods in long-haul markets across Canada. Our continued investment in infrastructure will benefit the reliability of the supply chains of our grocery, consumer goods and manufacturing customers. Together, we want to grow with them.”
Approximately 540 containers will be used to renew CN's domestic container fleet, while another 520 new containers will increase CN's overall domestic container fleet to almost 6,000 units.
Craig McLaughlin, vice-president, supply chain, for Kraft Canada, said:"At Kraft Canada, it is important that we work with suppliers capable of investing in their infrastructure in support of enhancing service and enabling our growth. CN's continuing effort to listen to us as a valued customer and taking action is a key component of the foundation for our strong partnership."
Tim Epplett, supply chain manager – traffic for Heinz Canada, said: “Heinz welcomes CN's investment in new heated equipment. This will certainly make load planning easier for us knowing that CN can provide us with more containers to send to our valuable customers during seasons requiring heated equipment.”
Jens Grellmann, manager, transportation services for Hopewell Distribution Services Inc., which handles warehousing and distribution for Campbell Company of Canada, said: “CN's acquisition of a significant number of additional containers, specifically heated equipment, will help our supply chain. The new containers will improve equipment supply, allow us to achieve many of our cost-saving initiatives and generate growth opportunities for both companies.”
CN's domestic intermodal business is focused on delivering truck-competitive, cost-effective service. CN Intermodal offers shippers an approximate 24-hour rail advantage from central Canada to Western Canada. At the same time, CN Intermodal is competitive with single-truck-driver service between central Canada and Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver markets. Additionally, CN offers the only rail service option from Montreal to Halifax.
Ruest said: “CN is committed to working with its customers to improve the efficiency of their supply chains. Through investment, innovation and collaboration, CN seeks to help its customers compete better in their end markets and to share in the success of their growing businesses.”
CN said today it has developed new supply chain efficiencies to help it better meet short-term car order requirements of major steel producers in Canada and help them to compete more effectively in their markets.
VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers that due to significant track improvement and upgrading work by the Hudson Bay Railway (HBR), the track owner, VIA's southbound train from Churchill to Winnipeg will be affected.
The 680-acre park is planned to include a state-of-the-art intermodal terminal with room for customers to co-locate with CN and custom build their facility in place.
Metrolinx today purchased from CN the lower portion of the Newmarket Subdivision in central-north Toronto for C$68 million. The transaction gives Metrolinx end-to-end ownership of the 60-mile-long Barrie-Bradford GO Train corridor between downtown Toronto and Barrie, Ont.
Canada's Transport Minister announced the appointment of Mr. Marc Laliberté, of Boucherville, Québec, as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of VIA Rail Canada Inc. for a term of four years, effective January 4, 2010.
CN announced orders for 70 new high-horsepower locomotives from GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Co. (GE), and Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD).
CN unveiled an upgraded on-line greenhouse gas-emissions (GHG) calculator that estimates total carbon emissions for shipments across multiple modes of transportation.
CN announced today that it will be a Corporate Partner of the Terrace 2010 BC Winter Games.
CN marked the launch of Rail Safety Week, from April 27 to May 3, 2009, by announcing intensive efforts to prevent trespassing and railroad crossing accidents with the ultimate goal of reducing them to zero.
CN reported its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.