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Target is First Customer for CN's New Transload Facility

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CN has opened a new transload logistic facility in Flat Rock, Mich. The first customer of the new facility is Target Steel.

Target Steel will convert a large part of its traffic from trucks to rail for steel coils. This streamlining of operations and removal of a substantial number of heavyweight trucks off highways is expected to reduce related greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75 percent, CN said.

“We are excited to open this state-of-the-art facility in Flat Rock. It is a testament to CN’s commitment to sustainable logistics solutions. This facility exemplifies our dedication to innovation, growth and environmental stewardship to power the economy," said Helen Quirke, CN's vice president, supply chain and business development.

"Target Steel is thrilled to embark on this transformative journey alongside CN as we expand our automotive manufacturing capabilities. The addition of CN's transload facility in Flat Rock symbolizes not just a logistical solution, but a testament to the partnership and creativity between our companies. Together, we're not just moving steel; we're forging connections, driving innovation and propelling the automotive industry forward with unparalleled efficiency and reliability," said Michael Simone, vice-president, Target Steel.

Spanning 20,000 square feet, the Flat Rock facility is designed specifically for inbound train operations. Equipped with a 50-ton overhead crane and a 10-car track capable of receiving covered gondolas transporting steel coils, it will facilitate seamless transfer of coils from rail to truck, streamlining the distribution process.

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