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KLEYSEN TRANSPORT LTD. AND CN NORTH AMERICA FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

 WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Kleysen Transport Ltd. and CN North America announced a strategic alliance that will provide important new intermodal transportation options for both Canadian and American shippers.
 Kleysen Transport, one of Canada's leading trucking companies, and CN, the country's largest railway, will begin to offer joint intermodal service beginning Jan. 1, 1994. The agreement covers traffic between Vancouver and Montreal, and all points in between. It also provides access to the United States, through rail hubs in Chicago and Detroit.
 According to company Chairman Hubert Kleysen, "As a transportation company we must ensure that our customers are guaranteed access to the most efficient, cost effective transportation services available anywhere in the world. Doublestack container service allows us to combine the strength of rail with the versatility of trucks."
 For CN President and CEO Paul Tellier, "forging alliances with quality motor carriers, like Kleysen, is the strategic direction we're taking to increase our market share in intermodal, the railway's fastest growing business sector."
 CN North America's long-term agreement with Kleysen is significant because it represents a major commitment by the Winnipeg-based firm to containerization and doublestacking.
 Kleysen Transport has already invested $5 million in containers and chassis, and plans to invest an additional $25 million in this type of equipment over the next 10 years, so that shippers can continue to benefit from joint CN-Kleysen initiatives.
 CN was the first railway to offer coast-to-coast doublestack train service, and is investing some $190 million to build the new St. Clair Tunnel linking Sarnia, Ontario, and Port Huron, Mich., to accommodate traffic moving doublestacked between the two countries
 -0- 11/30/93
 /CONTACT: Sheila Frame of CN North America, 905-566-3798, or Bill Hilash of Kleysen Transport Ltd., 204-488-5315/


CO: Kleysen Transport Ltd.; CN North America ST: Manitoba IN: TRN SU: JVN

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