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Another Safety Honor For Chemicals Group

Akzo Nobel's Chemicals business in the United States has received its second safety award in as many months.

Akzo Nobel’s Chemicals business in the United States has won its second safety award in the space of two months.

The Norfolk Southern Corporation—which owns the Norfolk Southern Railway Company—has just named Akzo Nobel as one of the 29 winners of its annual Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award. It comes hot on the heels of a similar safe transportation honor which was presented last month by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.

To qualify for the Norfolk Southern Award, customers needed to have shipped more than 1,000 carloads of hazardous chemicals with the freight railroad firm during 2001, without causing a single release of product.

“In the six years Norfolk Southern has recognized our safest chemical customers, the Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award has celebrated the successful partnership of the transportation and chemical industries working together to achieve mutually rewarding safety goals,” said David R. Goode, NS chairman, president and chief executive officer.

“Our people, the communities where we do business, our customers and our investors all benefit from continuous dedication to safety. I applaud these companies and plants that have set the standard by transporting chemicals with zero incidents."

Akzo Nobel is no stranger to the Norfolk Southern award, having also been one of the 31 companies that received the honor last year.

(Released: May 6, 2002)