Customers invest $3.1B along Norfolk Southern's network in 2023

Company helped 62 industrial development customers generate 4,156 new jobs

ATLANTA, Jan. 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) partnered with 62 customers to complete strategic industrial development projects in 2023. The projects expanded operations or created new facilities along Norfolk Southern's rail network. Collectively, the projects represent $3.1 billion in investment and the creation of more than 4,150 new jobs.

"Norfolk Southern worked with customers and economic development partners to facilitate broad-based industrial development in 2023 and set the stage for growth in 2024," said Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Ed Elkins. "Our 2023 project list, and 2024 pipeline, reflect our ability to serve a diverse customer portfolio with our expanding supply chain offerings. We're making further productivity enhancements – demonstrating to our existing and prospective customers that Norfolk Southern is a safe, reliable, and efficient railroad, and a partner for growth."

Scout Motors tapped Norfolk Southern's industrial development and automotive logistics expertise in 2023, as the company announced it will invest $2 billion in Richland County, South Carolina, for a new electric vehicle automotive manufacturing facility.

"Scout Motors is planning a state-of-the-art production facility in South Carolina that brings together cutting-edge automotive manufacturing technology and logistics operations," said Vice President of Growth at Scout Motors Cody Thacker. "Norfolk Southern is an important link in the supply chain for Scout Motors that served as a valuable early planning partner and collaborator. Incorporating inbound and outbound rail service will allow Scout Motors to sustainably handle rapid production growth, to remain sensitive to the communities surrounding the plant, and to deliver hundreds of thousands of Scout trucks and SUVs to consumers across America."

Adding to the robust opportunity created by Scout Motors, other electric vehicle (EV) activity located along Norfolk Southern lines, or with a short line partner, in 2023:

  1. General Motors and Samsung SDI, as the companies invest more than $3 billion in New Carlisle, Indiana to build an EV battery cell plant.
  2. Albemarle, as the company invests $1.3 billion in Chester County, South Carolina for a lithium hydroxide Mega-Flex facility.
  3. Ford, as the company makes a significant investment in Marshall, Michigan, using knowledge and services from Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL), to build lithium iron phosphate batteries.

Norfolk Southern is seeing growth in several markets: metals and construction, agriculture, and more. For example, Anchor Ingredients, announced the company would invest $40 million in Richmond, Indiana for a new pet food ingredient facility in 2023.

"At Norfolk Southern, our customer service extends beyond the track," said Norfolk Southern Vice President Business Development and Real Estate Kathleen Smith. "In partnership with our customers and allies in economic development, we are committed to unlocking the full value of rail to our nation's supply chain. Together, our shared mission is to create a more environmentally friendly economic ecosystem that benefits communities along our 22-state network and yields smart, sustainable growth opportunities for our customers."

Norfolk Southern provided industrial development support to the following companies that began or increased their rail service in 2023:

  1. Pure Cycle, as the company invests $363 million in Lawrence County, Ohio for a new polypropylene recycling plant.
  2. Idaho Forest Group, LLC., as the company invests $120 million in Lamar County, Mississippi for a new lumber mill.
  3. International Paper, as the company invests $100 million in Chester County, Pennsylvania for a new corrugated packaging plant.
  4. Church & Dwight, as the company invests $50 million in Seneca County, Ohio for an expansion to their current cat litter production plant.
  5. Jasper Forest Products, as the company invests $45 million in Walker County, Alabama to expand their lumber facility.
  6. Hollingshead Cement, a materials division of SRM Concrete, as the company invests $9.5 million in Delaware County, Indiana for a new cement distribution terminal. 
  7. Home Depot, as the company invests $8.5 million in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina for a new rail-served lumber distribution facility.

Norfolk Southern also furthered other strategic real estate investments and public-private partnerships in 2023. In Norfolk, Virginia, stakeholders broke ground on Fairwinds Landing in June of 2023. With the announcement of Dominion Energy Inc. as a flagship tenant and a $39.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation this year, the lease agreement Norfolk Southern entered into with Fairwinds Landing, LLC will create a world-class maritime operations and logistics center that supports the offshore wind, defense, and transportation industries.

And in June of 2023, Norfolk Southern sold 16.7 acres to Colonial Terminals for the development of breakbulk infrastructure along the Savannah River in Georgia. The new facility will be directly served by Norfolk Southern and will allow more than a million tons of throughput. The facility will also support the development of a new wide-span berth to move steel, paper, and other forest products. And it will be capable of handling any general breakbulk cargo.

In 2023, Norfolk Southern also added 41 new rail-served industrial development sites that are now featured on its customizable search database, NSites. Those looking to locate or expand their business on rail in 2024 can contact Norfolk Southern's Business Development and Real Estate team and take advantage of a full suite of resources on its brand-new, customer-centric website,  

About Norfolk Southern
Since 1827, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and its predecessor companies have safely moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today, it operates a customer-centric and operations-driven freight transportation network. Committed to furthering sustainability, Norfolk Southern helps its customers avoid approximately 15 million tons of yearly carbon emissions by shipping via rail. Its dedicated team members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually, from agriculture to consumer goods, and is the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America. Norfolk Southern also has the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern U.S., serving a majority of the country's population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes. Learn more by visiting

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