NORFOLK, Va., May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) announced today that 60 chemical customers will receive the Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for their safe business practices in 2013. Collectively, these customers safely shipped more than 157,000 carloads of hazardous chemical products over the railroad's network during the year.
The award, given annually for 18 years, goes to chemical manufacturers and facilities that ship at least 1,000 carloads of hazardous product on Norfolk Southern without a single incident. In 2013, 55 corporations and five plants achieved the standard.
Carload shipments included industrial chemicals used to manufacture various consumer goods, crude petroleum, ethanol, and fertilizers. While essential to the U.S. economy and consumers, these chemicals are classified as federally regulated hazardous materials and are potentially dangerous if mishandled.
Norfolk Southern works closely with chemical customers throughout the year to ensure their product arrives safely to destination, including offering training in safe rail-shipping practices."We commend these valued business partners for their absolute commitment to safety," said Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman. "Their efforts might not make news headlines, but the safe movement of chemicals that are the building blocks to jobs and a strong economy is the good news story that occurs every day across our rail network. We thank these customers for helping us demonstrate that rail is the safest, most efficient, and environmentally friendly way to transport consumer goods." Customers earning the Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for 2013 are: Abengoa BioenergyAkzo Nobel Chemicals Inc.The Andersons, Inc.Apex TerminalArcelorMittal USAAscend Performance Materials LLCAux Sable Liquid Products Inc.Axiall CorpBayer MaterialScience LLCBioUrja Trading, LLCBP Products North AmericaCargillCentennial Energy, LLCChemtrade Logistics Inc.CHSConnacher Oil and Gas LimitedDelaware City Refining LLC plant in DelawareEastman Chemical CompanyEighty-Eight Oil LLCElbow River Marketing Ltd.Equistar Chemicals, LPERCO WorldwideExxonMobil Chemical CompanyFinnchem USA Inc.Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A.Green Plains Renewable EnergyHaverhill ChemicalsHusky Energy Inc.The International Group Inc.Kemira Water SolutionsLima Refining CompanyLouis Dreyfus CommoditiesMarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America, Inc. Murphy Oil USAMusket CorporationNorFalco Inc.NOVA ChemicalsNucor SteelOccidental Chemical CorpOlin Chlor Alkali Products plant at North Charleston, Tenn.One Earth Energy LLCOxbow Sulphur Inc.PCS Phosphate plant at White Springs, Fla. Plains Marketing, L.P.Plains Midstream CanadaPOET Ethanol ProductsThe Procter & Gamble Co.PVS Chemicals, Inc.Renewable Products Marketing GroupShell Trading CanadaShell Trading (US) CompanySolvay ChemicalsSouthwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLCSunbelt Chlor Alkali Partnership plant at McIntosh, Ala.Sunoco LogisticsTarga ResourcesToledo Refining Company LLC plant at Oregon, OhioValero Marketing & SupplyWestlake Chemical Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 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, automotive, and industrial products. Connect with NS http://www.nscorp.com/ http://www.facebook.com/NorfolkSouthern http://www.flickr.com/photos/norfolksouthern http://www.twitter.com/nscorp http://www.youtube.com/user/norfolksoutherncorp http://www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/RSS/rss.html SOURCE Norfolk Southern Corporation