CREWS launches new rail yard at Johnstown

 

Hammering in the last spike of the company’s completed first phase are, from left, Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MP Gord Brown and CREWS owner Clayton Jones.

Story and Photos courtesy of
Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office 
 

JOHNSTOWN – Interest is pouring in for the Canadian Rail Equipment Works & Services Inc. (CREWS) new railyard.
  The 96-acre site at 3518 County Road 2 was officially opened on February 2nd with the final spike driven in to complete phase one.
  “We’re very excited for this growth in eastern Ontario,” said CREWS owner Clayton Jones. “All the right elements are here with the Highway 401-416 interchange, the nearby international bridge and the Port of Johnstown.”

Clayton Jones accepts a symbolic “second spike” from Mayor Sayeau. The company has a second expansion plan in the works.


  “We’re happy with what is happening here,” said Daniel Lajoie, CN Rail Manager of Accounts on hand for the opening and a reception that followed at the nearby Bridgeview Restaurant.
  CREWS provides transloading from rail car to truck, or truck to rail car. It offers rail car storage, in-plant switching for large industry and provides certified operating crews for locomotives and track mobiles. This new location adds to existing operations in Maitland and Hamilton.
  In September 2015, Leeds Grenville Economic Development Manager Ann Weir began working with Mr. Jones to connect him with potential properties and various agencies to support his business expansion plans.

A section of the rail yard.

  “The need for a trans-loading facility was identified in the Eastern Ontario Transportation Needs Analysis completed on behalf of the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network Inc. in 2014,” said Ms. Weir.
  Call CREWS at 613-258-6919 or send them an email.

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