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Ontario Northland on a hiring binge

Crown railroader needs 60 labourers for railcar repair/refurb shop
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Ontario Northland's coach shop in North Bay

Ontario Northland Transportation Commission is shopping for 60 skilled labourers to work in its remanufacturing repair division.

Recruiters from the North Bay-headquartered Crown agency will be staging upcoming job and recruitment fairs in their home community along with Timmins and Sudbury.

The division employs more than 200 tradespeople who overhaul locomotives, passenger and freight cars and locomotives.

During the past year, they delivered new equipment for the Polar Bear Express passenger train and landed outside work to remanufacture luxury passenger coaches from Western Canada.

“We are looking for motivated and skilled people to join our team,” said Dennis Higgs, vice-president of remanufacturing and repair, in a July 6 news release.

“Most significantly, we are looking for over 40 production workers. This general labourer position is key to our manufacturing operation and a great entry position.”

The division is also looking for electricians, an electrical engineer, supervisors, a quality assurance inspector, a metal fabricator, a storesperson, and a painter.

Last year, the repair division hired 80 people in North Bay, of which 31 labourers have advanced into other roles in the company with many starting apprenticeships.

Ontario Northland’s 750 employees operate out of North Bay, Cochrane, Englehart and other locations in northeastern Ontario.

“The Remanufacturing and Repair division continues to attract work from transportation companies throughout North America creating a strong and stable workforce in North Bay that continues to grow,” added ONTC president-CEO Corina Moore.

“Ontario Northland is truly an economic success story for the region and you can expect more good things to come.”

North Bay: July 13 from 3 pm to 6 pm, Remanufacturing Centre, 915 McIntyre Street East.

Sudbury: July 17 from 10 am to 2 pm, Ontario Northland Bus Depot, 1663 Kingsway. 

Timmins: July 18 from 10 am to 2 pm, Microtel Inn & Suites, 1960 Riverside Drive.