HAMILTON, ON, May 1, 2015 /CNW/ - National Steel Car welcomes today's joint announcement of the North American harmonized regulations for the next generation of stronger and safer rail tank cars for the transportation of flammable liquids. The announcement was made this morning in Washington, D.C., by the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, and United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

"As one of North America's largest rail manufacturers, we commend Minister Raitt for her leadership on this important issue," said Gregory J. Aziz, Chairman & CEO. "Our customers needed clarity on the issue of safety regulations moving forward and today's announcement provides just that."

National Steel Car is pleased that the governments have harmonized their regulations. Recent accidents in Canada and the United States have highlighted the importance that the North American rail system be as safe as it can be.

Vince De Luca, Chief Financial Officer added "Government leadership with new standards like those announced today is an important part of making the rail sector continue to be viable and central to the success of our local economy."

"Since October 2014, we've hired more than 900 new employees and made significant investments in our plant equipment," said Lorraine Johnson, Chief Operating Officer. "By upgrading our technology at National Steel Car, we increase productivity and safety and contribute to a better environmental footprint for North America". 

Hugh Nicholson, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Quality added "We are in discussions with many North American customers regarding orders for new rail tank cars, who want best-in-class safety solutions. We are already manufacturing tank cars that comply with these new regulations and we have additional capacity in late 2015 to accommodate our customers' needs."

National Steel Car is proud to call Hamilton home. With over 100 years of excellence in engineering, manufacturing and a commitment to quality, National Steel Car has earned a reputation as North America's leading railroad freight car manufacturer.