NORFOLK, VA. – Toyota Logistics Services has awarded Norfolk Southern Corporation the 2008 President’s Award for overall logistics excellence among rail carriers, its highest award given to a logistics provider.
The award is based on overall performance in customer service, on-time performance, and quality. Norfolk Southern has received the President’s Award six times since the program began in 1996.
“For more than two decades, Norfolk Southern has been a strong logistics partner with Toyota,” said David Julian, NS president, automotive and supply chain services. “We remain committed to that partnership, and we look forward to continuing to meet Toyota’s high standards for excellence by providing safe, damage-free, on-time service.”
Norfolk Southern also received Toyota’s individual Excellence Award for best On-Time Delivery among rail carriers and its top Award for Quality, which recognizes damage-free handling of Toyota’s vehicles.
Norfolk Southern transported 552,000 Toyota vehicles in 2008, including those originating from NS-served plants in Georgetown, Ky., Lafayette, Ind., and Princeton, Ind. Georgetown produces the Camry, Avalon, Solara, and Venza. Lafayette produces the Camry, and Princeton produces the Sienna minivan and Sequoia SUV and will begin producing the Highlander crossover utility vehicle in 2009.
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, serving every major container port in the eastern United States and providing superior connections to western rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is North America’s largest rail carrier of metals and automotive products.