Rail Certified Site Cassopolis, Mi
JUN 15, 2022

Growing Your Business? CN’s Certified Rail Ready Program Can Help

Norsk Hydro ASA is the latest customer to grow their business with CN. The Norwegian aluminium and renewable energy company, one of the largest aluminium companies worldwide, broke ground on a state-of-the-art aluminum recycling plant in Cassopolis, MI on April 22, 2022. And, because they chose a CN Certified Rail Ready site, the new build can be on-line faster to start shipping their product.

CN’s Certified Rail Ready Site Program makes it easier and faster to find a location for a customer’s new business or to expand their current operation. Each industrial site is strategically situated along our 32,000 km/20,000-mile network, guaranteed to be rail accessible by CN and ready for development. Each property has also been rigorously evaluated as well as certified for industrial development and expansion by a third party with stringent criteria around municipal zoning, electrical, natural gas, water, waste-water, telecommunications, highways, and environmental assessment. This approach reduces development risk and time, enabling customers to start shipping sooner.

CN’s Business Development Team, in conjunction with Operations and Marketing, leads the Certified Rail Ready Site Program. They work with customers to identify sites, collaborate through the design and construction phases, and coordinate with our extensive network of partners to get the job done. There are 12 strategically located sites currently available in the program, with more planned to be certified in 2022.

The Rail Ready Site Advantage

  • Reduces development and project build time
  • Reduces investment risk by ensuring access to rail
  • Increases speed to market for your products
  • Lowers costs due to mitigated risk
 James Auld and Karen Jensen CN 

James Auld and Karen Jensen, Corporate Development Managers, stand on a potential site for development in the Alberta Industrial Heartland, adjacent to CN tracks.

Cassopolis, Mi

The Certified Rail Ready Site in Cassopolis, MI, is the agricultural land in the center of the photo. The CN rail line is on the right.

Hydro Aluminum Plant Cassopolis, Mi

An artist rendering of Norsk Hydro’s recycled aluminum plant. Credit: Norsk Hydro Aluminum ASA.


A 130-acre Rail Certified Site in Rialto, TN, approximately 40 miles north of Memphis, could be an ideal fit for automotive, agricultural, renewables, steel manufacturing or other purposes.

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