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10/9/2001



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

CN begins to carry out slow, cautious WC integration


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Canadian National Railway Co. Oct. 9 completed its Wisconsin Central Transportation Corp. acquisition and began a step-by-step integration of WC's operations.
Now known as CN's Wisconsin Central Division, WC provides a link between Chicago, Superior, Wis., and CN's transcontinental network across Canada.
CN/WC sales and marketing representatives currently are explaining CN's structure and integration plan to WC customers. CN plans over the near term to host WC's existing e-commerce applications on its Web site, www.cn.ca.
"One of the early benefits of the CN/WC integration will be improved freight traffic flows," said Gordon Trafton, recently named WC division vice president, in a prepared statement. "As a single company, we'll be able to take advantage of opportunities to improve car connections and eliminate backhauls [to improve] asset utilization, generate faster transit times and reduce costs."
CN plans to slowly and carefully integrate WC, regularly communicating its merger moves to customers and employees.
WC's senior management team plans to remain in place for a number of weeks to assist CN officials with the transition, says WC spokeswoman Ann Thoma.


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