Canadian Manufacturing

Amsted wins $5M CN contract, will build railway one million wheels at Winnipeg plant

10-year agreement extends companies' long-term partnership

December 10, 2015  by Canadian Staff, with a file from The Canadian Press

The one million wheels will be installed on CN freight cars at the railroad's Transcona facility. PHOTO: CN

The one million wheels will be installed on CN freight cars at the railroad’s Transcona facility. PHOTO: CN

WINNIPEG—Canadian National Railway has signed a contract that should keep its trains rolling along its diverse network of rail lines for a long time.

Griffin Wheel Co., which is a division of rail equipment manufacturer, Amsted Rail, has won a 10-year, $5 million contract under which it will build one million wheels for the Canadian railroad giant. The new wheels will be built at the company’s facility in Winnipeg, which is one of five wheel plants Amsted operates in North America.

“CN has a long and successful partnership with Amsted Rail and its Griffin Wheel Company facility in Winnipeg,” Gerry Weber, vice-president of supply, fleet and fuel management of CN, said. “We are pleased to renew our partnership and solidify CN’s business relationships in the city of Winnipeg.”

The company will use 100 per cent recycled steel to build the million wheels, which will then find their way to CN’s Transcona mechanical facility. At Transcona the wheel will be mounted onto axles to create wheelsets that are then installed on freight cars.


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