(North Bay, Ontario – August 7, 2019) After a successful year of collaborating on vital transportation projects, Metrolinx and Ontario Northland announced today they would be further developing the alliance between the two agencies.
Today, Ontario Northland welcomed the first of 15 Metrolinx bi-level passenger coaches into the Remanufacturing and Repair Centre in North Bay. The first coach will be used as a prototype to ramp up the refurbishment program which is expected to be in full-swing next year. Ontario Northland’s skilled and experienced employees will be overhauling and modernizing this equipment over the next few years.
“Ontario Northland workers are experts when it comes to refurbishment, and it’s exciting to see Metrolinx recognize the quality and value they provide day in, day out,” says Vic Fedeli, Member of Provincial Parliament for Nipissing. “This provides support for Northern jobs and the Northern economy, which is why we have encouraged this project.”
“We are excited to work on Metrolinx’s bi-level coaches again,” stated Corina Moore, President and CEO of Ontario Northland. “This strategic alliance will allow Ontario Northland to provide competitive and high-quality remanufacturing services to our sister agency, while contributing to economic growth in Northern Ontario. Our employees are eager to renew this equipment for Metrolinx and demonstrate our renowned capabilities.”
“Working with Ontario Northland and the communities of Northern Ontario is always a positive experience for our two teams,” said Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx. “This vehicle refurbishment is an important part of the growth of our future rail capacity.”
• Ontario Northland works with over 3000+ suppliers and has a significant economic impact in Northern Ontario.
• Ontario Northland and Metrolinx have introduced new connections to Muskoka and Pearson Airport in the past year.
• Ontario Northland’s Remanufacturing and Repair Centre employs over 200 people.
• Transportation customers from across North America rely on Ontario Northland for remanufacturing, repair, paint and overhaul services for passenger and freight cars, locomotives, wheel and truck work.
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