SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Huron Central Railway Inc. (HCRY) today announced the start of its rehabilitation project. The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry (“MNDMF”) and the Government of Canada are each funding 45%, or $15 million, of the $33.3 million HCRY rehabilitation project.
HCRY is awarding contracts for the initial phase (expected to occur over two years) of the HCRY rehabilitation project as follows:
|SURFACE||Tamp, Line, Surface 200 Track Miles||2011-2012||Swift Railroad Contractors Corporation|
|TIE||Replace 140,000 Crossties||2011-2012||Swift Railroad Contractors Corporation|
|BALLAST||Supply 125,000 Tons of Railway Ballast||2011-2012||M'Anishnabek Industries inc.|
|BALLAST TRAIN||Provide 20 Ballast Cars, locomotives, Crew and spread Railway Ballast||2011-2012||M'Anishnabek Industries inc.|
|4MCPUG||Supply Heavy Rail Truck, Tools an operator and 3 Qualified Labourers||2011-2012||M'Anishnabek Industries inc.|
Awards are subject to contract terms and conditions.
Swift Railroad Contractors Corporation is based out of Massey Ontario. Its workforce is comprised of 36% Local First Nation.
M’Anishnabek Industries is based out of Cutler Ontario and is the only incorporated, majority owned First Nations Railway Services Enterprise in Ontario. Its core principles aim to bring sustained growth to the region and to retain youth by promoting employment and improved infrastructure.
HCRY, MNDMF and the Government of Canada are pleased that the HCRY rehabilitation project results in significant local involvement, employment, and economic development.
HCRY is a 288-km short line railway that runs between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, including a branch from McKerrow to Espanola, in the Province of Ontario. HCRY moves pulp and paper products, chemicals, petroleum products, steel and scrap metals. HCRY contributes to the competitiveness and survival of local industries, such as Sault Ste. Marie’s ESSAR Steel Algoma facility and the DOMTAR Espanola pulp and paper mill.