CN acquired more than 1,000 new containers, which the railroad expects to use to serve manufacturers and distributors of grocery and consumer goods in domestic markets across Canada.
CN will use 540 containers as replacements, but 520 new containers will expand its overall domestic container fleet to almost 6,000 units. Most of the new containers are heated, for hauling temperature-sensitive goods; the rest are standard dry containers.
Jean-Jacques Ruest, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer of CN, noted that the railroad has a growing business transporting temperature-sensitive goods in Canadian long-haul markets.
"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," he said.
Customers welcomed the acquisitions. Tim Epplett, supply chain manager - traffic for Heinz Canada, said the additional heated equipment will make load planning easier for his company. Likewise, Jens Grellmann, manager, transportation services, for Hopewell Distribution Services Inc., which handles warehousing and distribution for Campbell Company of Canada, said that the improved equipment supply situation should yield benefits for both companies.