Ontario Northland Transportation Commission's president and CEO is hoping that the sky is the limit for opportunities at the ONR shops.
Corina Moore announced Friday morning that the Crown corporation inked a new contract valued at $109 million to refurbish 56 Go Transit bilevel rail coaches at the ONR's remanufacturing and repair centre located in North Bay.
She believes it's a sign of more good things to come.
"There is other passenger work out there; there is other freight car work out there," Moore told the media after the announcement.
"There are hundreds and thousands of freight cars in the industry right now, so with skill set that we have in fixing our own equipment, we can do anything."
She says all major railways are coming to Ontario Northland right now because the organization has such a unique skill set.
"We just won the Rio Tinto contract in the locomotive shop; we have a CN master services agreement. We have talked to CP," she said.
Moore said the goal is to fill this shop at all shifts and continue to provide meaningful jobs and provide meaningful jobs and attract people to North Bay.
"It is what we do, and it is what is important to us, and it is so meaningful, and if you think the fact we support 30 suppliers right now with what we do, imagine what that can look like for all these local businesses; the indirect ripple effect is just unbelievable and that is what makes me proud is we live and work with these people," she said.
"These are friends of mine at all these businesses that we want to make sure our community is thriving, so it is great."