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One Million CN Train Wheels to Be Made in Winnipeg

December 10, 2015 8:59 PM | News

CN Rail Worker

CN heavy duty mechanic Nathan Hale works on a wheel at the company’s Transcona mechanical facility on Thursday, December 10, 2015. (EVAN MATTHEWS / METRO WINNIPEG)

Canadian National has signed a 10-year deal for the manufacturing of one million train wheels with Amsted Rail. The wheels will be made at Griffin Wheel Company’s Winnipeg plant for use at CN’s Transcona mechanical facility.

Griffin Wheel is one of Amsted Rail’s five wheel manufacturing plants in North America and the only one in Canada.

“CN has a long and successful partnership with Amsted Rail and its Griffin Wheel Company facility in Winnipeg,” said Gerry Weber, vice-president supply, fleet and fuel management of CN.

“We are pleased to renew our partnership and solidify CN’s business relationships in the city of Winnipeg.”

The wheels will be manufactured from 100 percent recycled steel and provide more than 170 local jobs.

Finished wheels are mounted on axles and become wheelsets installed on freight cars moving on CN’s rail lines across North America.

— Staff