For NS, Two-State Business Development SupportWritten by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Norfolk Southern (NS) is supporting the development of NewCold’s automated distribution facility in Henry County, Ga., plus nonprofits in Virginia through a partnership with Hampton Roads Community Foundation.
NewCold, an automated storage and cold chain logistics firm founded in the Netherlands with a North American base in Chicago, reported on Oct. 24 that it would build and operate a large-scale distribution facility at the Midland Industrial Park in McDonough, Ga. To be served by NS, the facility is slated to create 170 new jobs.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development, Henry County Development Authority, Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Quick Start, NS and Georgia Power partnered to help bring the project to McDonough.
“I am grateful and excited that after years of preparation and collaboration with our respected partners, we can start the development of our automated facility in the state of Georgia,” said Jonas Swarttouw, Vice President, Customer and Business Development for NewCold in North America. “Along with our customers and partners, we share an ambition to transform the logistics industry and reimagine the global food supply chain. Linking state-of-the-art warehouse automation systems and a passionate, dedicated staff, NewCold supports communities in their efforts to foster economic growth and create high-quality employment opportunities.”
In Virginia, NS and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation will distribute $1 million each year over the next five years to nonprofits through the Norfolk Southern Hampton Roads Community Fund.
The grant recipients will be selected by a panel of current and retired NS employees. Award amounts will vary based on the applicant’s budget size and the number of grant requests received. Nonprofits led by and serving people of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Oct. 28.
“Hampton Roads helped shape who Norfolk Southern is today and we continue to view giving back to this community as a priority,” the Class I railroad reported on LinkedIn. “The grants will support initiatives intended to advance education, innovation, community enrichment and the environment.”
NS on Nov. 10, 2021 formally opened its new headquarters building in Atlanta, Ga., the city and operational home of predecessor Southern Railway. When Norfolk & Western merged with Southern Railway in 1982 to form NS, the headquarters was located in Norfolk, Va., while the company’s operations and technology leadership was in Atlanta.