NORFOLK, VA. – Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) announced today that 46 customers will receive the company’s Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for 2009 in recognition of their safe handling of hazardous chemical products.
Given annually for 14 years, the award is earned by a company or facility that ships more than 1,000 carloads of hazardous material without incident for the year. In 2009, 38 corporations and eight plants attained that achievement. Altogether, they safely shipped more than 120,000 carloads of goods that are vital to American communities and commerce but could be dangerous if mishandled. These materials range from industrial chemicals and petroleum products to sulfur and related chemicals.
“We are pleased to recognize these valued customers for their outstanding industry leadership in chemical safety,” said Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman. “By their unrelenting commitment to safe practices, they demonstrate on a daily basis the value of rail transportation as the safest, most reliable way to move their product. We salute these customers for partnering with us to make safety the No. 1 priority, and for their efforts to help make Norfolk Southern the safest railroad in North America.”
Customers earning the award for 2009 are:
¦ Airgas Carbonic Inc.
¦ Akzo Nobel Chemicals Inc.
¦ American Ecology Corporation
¦ The Andersons, Inc. Ethanol Division
¦ ArcelorMittal USA
¦ Aventine Renewable Energy, Inc.
¦ BASF Corporation
¦ Cargill Biofuels
¦ The Dow Chemical Company
¦ Eastman Chemical Company plant at Kingsport, Tenn.
¦ ERCO Worldwide
¦ Finnchem USA Inc.
¦ Glacial Lakes Energy LLC
¦ Global Ethanol
¦ Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.
¦ Hawkeye Gold
¦ Heartland Grain Fuels
¦ Husky Marketing and Supply Company
¦ INEOS USA LLC
¦ INVISTA S.à.r.l.
¦ Koppers Inc.
¦ Linde LLC
¦ Lyondell Chemical Company
¦ Marathon Petroleum Company, LLC
¦ Marquis Energy
¦ Olin Corporation Chlor Alkali Division plant at Nixon, Ga.
¦ Olin Corporation Chlor Alkali Division plant at Charleston, Tenn.
¦ Nucor Corp.
¦ NuStar Marketing LLC
¦ One Earth Energy
¦ PCS Phosphate plant at White Springs, Fla.
¦ Platinum Ethanol
¦ POET Ethanol Products
¦ Rhodia Inc.
¦ Sunbelt Chlor Alkali Partnership
¦ Sunoco, Inc. (R&M) plant at Toledo, Ohio
¦ Sunoco Chemicals, Inc., plant at Frankford, Pa.
¦ Targa Transport, LLC
¦ Tennessee Valley Authority
¦ Valero Marketing & Supply plant at Paulsboro, N.J.
¦ Valero Marketing & Supply plant at Reybold, Del.
¦ WRB Refining LLC.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.