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CN places another order with Hamilton’s National Steel Car

CN Rail is placing its second order with National Steel Car in less than a month — a move that is expected to result in the creation of more than 300 new, full-time jobs.

The order for 1,000 new grain hopper cars over the next two years will help replace aging equipment needed to serve increasing annual crop yields, the railway company said in a news release.

Earlier this month, CN announced it was buying 350 lumber cars from National Steel Car to help meet the growing demand for forest products across the continent.

These 73-foot cars will be manufactured at the rail carmaker’s assembly plant in Hamilton, which is expected to lead to the hiring of at least 250 people.

“Coupled with CN’s order for 350 centrebeam lumber cars, this additional 1,000 grain car purchase will result in the hiring of more than 550 additional people at our Hamilton facility, which currently employees over 1,500,” said National Steel Car chairman and CEO Gregory Aziz in a news release.

Production on the first order is set to begin in August, Hal Bruckner, vice-president of human resources for National Steel Car, previously said in an email.

Deliveries for that order are expected to begin in September and wrap up by the end of the year.

Article courtesy of The Hamilton Spectator

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