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Thursday, March 21, 2013    

CN relocates forest products transload op to Chicago port

CN has relocated its forest products transload operation to North America Stevedoring Co. L.L.C.'s facility at the Port of Chicago in an effort to improve supply chain efficiencies for lumber customers.

Located about 13 miles south of downtown Chicago, the new transload operation is larger than the one it replaces and features more than 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, CN officials said in a press release.

North America Stevedoring receives direct rail service from CN's nearby Kirk Yard in Gary, Ind., where the Class I is completing a $141 million rehabilitation and facilities addition project.

"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. "The new transload operation is closer to both western Canadian lumber mills as well as Chicago-area markets receiving lumber via CN, [improving] transit times and inventory management for our customers."

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