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Kelowna Pacific Railway shutdown impacts Okanagan businesses

07/08/2013 02:19 EDT | Updated 09/07/2013 05:12 EDT
Several Okanagan businesses are trying to figure how to deal with the financial troubles of the Kelowna Pacific Railway, which went into receivership on Friday and suspended operations.

The short haul line provided a connection to CP Rail's yards in Kamloops for several Okanagan industries including Sun-Rype Products, OK Builders Supplies and the Tolko wood products mills in Lumby, Armstrong and Kelowna.

Ron Bush, the operations manager for OK Ready Mix, says they used the KPR for weekly shipments of cement into operations from Vernon through to Penticton.

"We get cement sent to us from Vancouver and Kamloops. It depends on business. It could be five rail cars, it could be 20," he said.

Tolko spokeswoman Janice Lockyear says they found out late Friday afternoon, and management plans to meets this morning to sort out other options.

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