NS recognizes 45 chemical customers for safety

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

Forty-five Norfolk Southern chemical customers have earned the railroad’s Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for their safe handling of chemical products in 2011.

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:

Abengoa Bioenergy

Akzo Nobel Chemicals Inc.

The Andersons, Inc.

ArcelorMittal USA

Archer Daniels Midland plant at Decatur, Ill.

Aventine Renewable Energy Inc.


BP plant at Whiting, Ind.


Centennial Energy LLC

C.F. Industries

Eastman Chemical Company plant at Kingsport, Tenn.

E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company

ERCO Worldwide

Finnchem USA Inc.

Flint Hills Resources LP

Hunt Refining Company

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Huntsman Corporation

Husky Energy Inc.

Husky Marketing & Supply Company


INVISTA S.à.r.l.

Kemira Water Solutions

Lansing Ethanol Services

Linde LLC

Marathon Petroleum Company LP

Norfalco Inc.

Olin Chlor Alkali Products plant at McIntosh, Ala.

Olin Chlor Alkali Products plant at Nixon, Ga.

Oxbow Sulphur Inc.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

Platinum Ethanol

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

Targa Resources

Toledo Refining Company LLC plant at Toledo, Ohio

United Refining Company

Valero Marketing & Supply

WRB Refining LLC

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