Helping communities prosper
In 2015, Norfolk Southern contributed to industrial development projects that created jobs and business growth across 20 of its 22 operating states.
Working with customers and local and state economic development officials, NS helped locate 61 new and expand 32 existing industries along its rail lines. These projects pumped more than $4.2 billion in industry investment into communities large and small, generated more than 6,000 new customer jobs, and added to NS’ top-line growth – an estimated 88,974 additional carloads of business valued at more than $212 million.
The two largest projects in terms of jobs and investment involved automotive assembly plants: Mercedes-Benz USI invested $2 billion to expand production of its C-class models at Vance, Ala., while Ford Motor Co. invested $1.1 billion to expand production of F-150 pickups at its Claycomo, Mo., plant.
Agricultural projects served by NS’ grain franchise – including elevators, feed mills, and food processing plants – accounted for nearly one-quarter of the rail carload growth. While U.S. energy production slowed in 2015, 12 projects associated with NS’ ethanol, natural gas, crude oil, wood pellet, and coal markets were among 19 expected to generate more than $3 million each in annual railroad revenues.