CP Rail is increasing its presence in Golden with an expanded mechanical shop, creating new jobs in the community.
Representatives for the company, including local employees Drew Farrer and Mark Woodhouse, were at the Golden Home and Lifestyle Show this past weekend discussing the changes with the public.
“We met both with council and with the Chamber of Commerce, and they actually suggested that we be here, which was a great idea,” said Mike LoVecchio, director of government affairs with CPR.
The expansion of the shop, construction on which has already begun, is expected to create at least eight new permanent full time jobs in Golden. Two additional tracks, and three new pits (being constructed within the existing footprint), will accommodate the increase in coal trains using the mechanical shop.
The location, and the way the trains enter the existing shop made it a prime location for CPR.
“We asking people what they think, and the response to a degree has been really positive. People are very pleased to see jobs coming into Golden,” said LoVecchio.
“We’ve had a quite a few questions about the noise… It is an industrial activity, so yes there will be noise. But getting this feedback will help us fine-tune our plan once the renovations are complete.”
Although some residents did show some concern about the noise, LoVecchio said the response was mostly in favour, especially since there won’t be a new location, only a slight increase in noise where it already exists.
The renovations will be ongoing throughout the summer, and CPR expects the new facility to be operational in the fall (when the remaining new jobs will commence). The pits have already been dug, and the concrete pouring has begun.
“Golden Concrete is our contractor for the concrete, so we’re trying to encourage local involvement in the project,” said LoVecchio.
“All these locomotives are by General Electric, so their technicians will be coming into Golden as well, staying in hotels and eating at restaurants. So there’s going to be a great spinoff benefit here.
“We really appreciate the welcome that we’ve had this weekend. Overall people have been really positive, and we’ve had great support from the Town and the Chamber of Commerce. And we look forward to a bigger presence here in the future.”