Forty-six Norfolk Southern Customers Earn Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for 2009

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. announced 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.”