Given annually for 16 years, the award recognizes companies and facilities that ship more than 1,000 carloads of federally regulated hazardous material over NS’s rail network without incident for the year. In 2011, 39 corporations and six plants achieved that goal.
Altogether, these customers safely shipped more than 128,000 carloads of chemical products that are used in the manufacturing of various consumer goods. These shipments include industrial chemicals, petroleum products, biofuels, and sulfur, “all vital to consumers and the U.S. economy, but potentially dangerous if mishandled,” NS said.
“Safety is Norfolk Southern’s No. 1 priority, and we congratulate these valued customers for their shared commitment to best practices in chemical safety,” said NS CEO Wick Moorman. “Every day, they help us to show that rail transportation is the safest, most efficient, and most environmentally friendly way to move the goods that are essential for American jobs and a strong economy. We salute them for their industry-leading performance and for partnering with us to help make Norfolk Southern the safest railroad in North America.”
Customers earning the Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award in 2011 are:
Akzo Nobel Chemicals Inc.
The Andersons, Inc.
Archer Daniels Midland plant at Decatur, Ill.
Aventine Renewable Energy Inc.
BP plant at Whiting, Ind.
Centennial Energy LLC
Eastman Chemical Company plant at Kingsport, Tenn.
E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company
Finnchem USA Inc.
Flint Hills Resources LP
Hunt Refining Company
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Husky Energy Inc.
Husky Marketing & Supply Company
INEOS USA LLC
Kemira Water Solutions
Lansing Ethanol Services
Marathon Petroleum Company LP
Olin Chlor Alkali Products plant at McIntosh, Ala.
Olin Chlor Alkali Products plant at Nixon, Ga.
Oxbow Sulphur Inc.
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
POET Ethanol Products
PPG Industries, Inc.
The Procter & Gamble Co.
Shell Canada Energy
Shell Chemical LP
Silver Eagle Refining Inc.
Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC
Sunbelt Chlor Alkali Partnership
Toledo Refining Company LLC plant at Toledo, Ohio
United Refining Company
Valero Marketing & Supply
WRB Refining LLC