Norfolk Southern (NS) recently awarded 58 chemical customers its 2018 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award, a long-standing initiative to promote safe rail-shipping practices in communities the railroad serves.
To qualify for the award, a customer had to ship at least 1,000 carloads on NS and handle all shipments without a single incident. For the year, 55 corporations and three chemical plants achieved this safety record, while 14 companies safely shipped more than 4,000 carloads each.
NS established the annual safety award in 1995 to recognize customers who safely handle products that are vital to U.S. consumers and businesses but also are regulated as hazardous materials. The award winners combined to safely ship more than 265,370 carloads of regulated hazardous material over NS’s rail network in 2018.
NS awarded its following customers a 2018 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award: Altivia Petrochemicals; American Zinc Recycling Corp.; The Andersons Inc.; Apex Oil; Archer Daniels Midland; ArcelorMittal USA; Ascend Performance Materials Inc.; Aux Sable Liquid Products Inc.; Badger Ethanol; BP Products North America Inc.; Buckeye Partners LP; Cargill Inc.; CF Industries Sales LLC; The Chemours Company FC LLC; CHS; Covestro LLC; Crestwood Services; Didion Ethanol; The Dow Chemical Company; Eastman Chemical Company; Elbow River Marketing Ltd.; ERCO Worldwide; ExxonMobil Chemical Company; Hunt Refining Co. Inc.; Imperial Oil; The International Group Inc.; Irving Oil; Kemira Chemicals Inc.; Kemira Water Solutions Inc.; Koch Industries; Lima Refining Company; Louis Dreyfus Commodities; LSB Industries; Marathon Petroleum LP; Mark West, Evans City, Pa.; Marquis Energy LLC; Messer LLC; Methanex Corporation; NGL Energy Partners LP; Norfalco Sales, Glencore Canada Corporation; Nouryon; NOVA Chemicals Corporation; Nucor Corp.; Olin Corporation; PBF Energy; PCS Sales (USA) Inc., Lee Creek, N.C., plant; PCS Sales (USA) Inc., West Occidental, Fla., plant; Phillips 66, Hartford, Ill., plant; Plains Midstream Canada ULC; Poet Ethanol; Renewable Products Marketing; Shell Chemical; Shintech Inc.; Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC; Strauss Industries; United Refining Company; Valero Energy Corporation; and Westlake Chemical.
“We are proud to recognize these valued business partners for their industry-leading safety practices,” said Ed Elkins, VP, Industrial Products. “At Norfolk Southern, serving our customers and working safely are core principles of our strategic plan, and we appreciate the shared commitment of the customers earning this safety award. Together, we work hard every day to demonstrate that rail is an efficient, reliable and safe way to transport the nation’s freight.”