Canadian Pacific entered into an agreement with Canadian Tire Corporation Limited, which extends to early 2017 and awards the railway with the vast majority of Canadian Tire's domestic container traffic.
“We’re delighted to renew our longstanding partnership with CP,” said Pat Sinnott, executive vice president, supply chain and technology, Canadian Tire Corporation. “We rely on rail extensively to get our goods to market. Rail is the most efficient and sustainable way to move our products and CP is a trusted partner that will enable us to continue to deliver products reliably to over 1,700 Canadian Tire, Mark’s and FGL Sports retail locations across the country.”
CP has also completed capital investments made to enhance the Locomotive Reliability Centre (LRC) in Toronto.
This now completes the second phase of CP’s Locomotive Reliability Centre strategy, which will reduce the number of locomotive repair facilities from eight to four highly efficient “super shops” with improved repair capabilities.
The Toronto LRC joins similar centers in Calgary, Winnipeg and St. Paul, Minn. Once all three phases of the strategy are complete, CP will perform most of its scheduled and unscheduled locomotive repairs in these facilities.
“The upgraded, consolidated facilities coupled with the introduction of a lean continuous improvement approach, allows for standardized processes and practices and enables improvements in locomotive availability and reliability,” said Mike Franczak, executive vice president, operations. “These locomotive repair centers operate 7/24 and are capable of doing all needed work for all locomotive types.
“Additional benefits include reduced transit times to shops, quicker shop turn times and better quality repairs that drive a more consistent product to CP’s customers at a lower cost to the railroad,” Franczak added.