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National Steel delivers first of new domestic rail cars to K+S Potash

The cars are optimized to transport potash. A single opening on the car's top will allow product to be loaded while the car is in motion.
Photo – K+S Potash Canada

K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) announced yesterday it has accepted its first domestic rail cars built by National Steel Car in Hamilton, Ontario.

Beginning in August, KSPC will accept delivery of 200 cars, and more will be added over the next several years.

The new cars will be used to transport potash from the company's Bethune mine in Saskatchewan to North American customers, company officials said in a press release.

"We have seen enormous interest in potash from KSPC's Bethune mine, both from new and existing customers," said Martin Brown, president of K+S North America. "We are ready to deliver from a rail provider, rail car, warehouse and customer perspective."

In 2015, K+S signed an exclusive potash supply agreement with Koch Fertilizer LLC, including storage and distribution details, Brown added.

The domestic rail cars were built to the same specifications as KSPC's international fleet, which National Steel Car produced last year.


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