Canadian Manufacturing

CN to ship onions after delay causes N.S. firm to layoff workers

Could take several days for carload of onions to make it from Chicago to Oxford, N.S.

November 22, 2013  by The Canadian Press

OXFORD, N.S.—Canadian National Railway (CN) says it will ship a railway car filled with onions to a factory in Nova Scotia that announced the temporary layoffs of about 160 people due to delays in receiving the cargo.

Mark Hallman, a spokesman for CN, says he also expects three other cars filled with onions will be sent from its Markham Yard in Illinois to Oxford Frozen Foods in Oxford, N.S.

A holdup in the onion shipments caused the Nova Scotia factory to announce temporary layoffs this week.

Corey Sigut, general manager of appetizer production at the company, said carloads of the onions have been transferred for years by U.S.-based Union Pacific to CN at the Markham Yard and then shipped to Nova Scotia.


But Sigut said his firm became frustrated recently after the two railways blamed each other when there were delays in transferring the cargo.

CN had said it hadn’t received the cars from Union Pacific, while Union Pacific said it hadn’t received official notice from CN that it could send the onions to the Markham Yard.

Sigut said the company plans to resume normal production when the onions begin reaching Oxford, but added that will take several days.

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