June 23, 2008
OMAHA, Neb., and NORFOLK, Va. -- Automotive manufacturers now have the ability to take advantage of each other's rail car capacity to deliver finished vehicles to market faster and more efficiently. Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern have launched a new Automotive Interline Co-Loading Service, which allows multiple manufacturers' vehicles to be combined within a single rail car.
By combining smaller shipments of vehicles, manufacturers avoid having to wait to fill a rail car by themselves. For example, on April 30, Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern partnered for the industry's first Interline shipment. Chrysler minivans and Ford F150s were co-loaded at Norfolk Southern's loading facility in Melvindale, Mich., and unloaded approximately 2,241 miles away at Union Pacific's facility in Mira Loma, Calif.
"Innovative collaboration like our Co-Loading Service allows us to be proactive in providing new solutions to serve our customers' changing needs," said Julie Krehbiel, vice president and general manager-Automotive Marketing and Sales for Union Pacific. "This new service significantly enhances efficiency in the vehicle distribution supply chain at the origin and destination."
"Improved service for the auto manufacturers is also a primary target of this new capability. Co-Loading will create the ability to ship vehicles sooner by generating rail car quantities of vehicles by combining smaller destination facility shipments," said David Julian, President - Automotive & Supply Chain Services for Norfolk Southern Railroad.
About Union Pacific - Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.
About Norfolk Southern - Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies.�Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serving every major container port in the eastern United States and providing superior connections to western rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is North America's largest rail carrier of metals and automotive products.
For more information, contact Mark Davis, Union Pacific, (402)544-5459 or Frank Brown, Norfolk Southern, (757) 629-2710.