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Canadian Pacific Railway expands customer outreach into the Ohio Valley

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Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP) has formed a new partnership with Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) and Bluegrass Farms of Ohio that will open up the Ohio Valley to CP customers and further extend the company’s reach into key North American markets.

CP has established an exclusive agreement with Bluegrass Farms of Ohio to use its 90 acre intermodal facility in Jeffersonville, Ohio (located strategically on the I-71 corridor). This will enable them to serve the Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton markets. The farm consortium will continue to own the facility, and will operate it on behalf of CP. CP has also come to an agreement with G&W, which services the site through its Indiana & Ohio (IORY) line.

"Through strategic partnerships and innovative thinking, we are expanding our reach and increasing optionality for our customers," said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO.

"This service allows our international intermodal customers to come through the Port of Vancouver and access markets deep in the Ohio Valley. The unique site also creates better round-trip economics for our customers by enabling the empty containers to be re-loaded with agriculture products and shipped back overseas," Creel continued.

The site offers CP and G&W a ready-made intermodal facility on the IORY line, which is able to accommodate intermodal and bulk shipments, along with the ability to provide transloading services of bulk agricultural products into containers. The secure site also features extensive container and trailer storage and the ability to grow with current and future customers.

"Our partnership with Canadian Pacific is an excellent example of how short line railroads can extend the reach of the Class 1 network," said Jack Hellmann, G&W Chairman, President and CEO. "This intermodal terminal not only offers a new rail option to and from the Ohio Valley, but was purpose built to provide backhaul opportunities that will enable customers to reduce overall transportation costs and enhance their competitive advantage."

"We are excited to be working closely with CP and have always believed that this is the perfect site to not only reach into the Ohio Valley with imports, but to deliver high-quality, sustainable agricultural products back on the export side," added Dave Martin, President of Bluegrass Farms of Ohio.

This new service is one of many that CP have implemented to better satisfy the needs of the marketplace and bolsters its innovative live-lift operation at Portal, North Dakota and its best-in-class daily service between Vancouver and Chicago.

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