Canadian National Railway has moved its forest products transload facility to North America Stevedoring Company’s operation at the Port of Chicago.
The new transload facility is larger than the one it replaces and features more than 200,000 square feet of indoor storage, as well as outdoor space. It is about 13 miles south of downtown Chicago. North American Stevedoring receives direct rail service from CN’s nearby Kirk Yard in Gary, Ind., with trucks accessing the terminal from Interstate 90.
“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,” said Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, in a written statement. “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.”