Toyota Recognizes Norfolk Southern With Logistics Awards

NORFOLK, Va. — Toyota Logistics Services has awarded Norfolk Southern Corp. 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.

— PRNewswire-FirstCall