$3.1B Invested Along Norfolk Southern’s Rail Network Last Year

In 2023, Norfolk Southern helped 62 industrial development customers generate 4,156 new jobs along its rail network.

Last year, Norfolk Southern Corporation partnered with 62 customers to complete strategic industrial development projects that expanded operations or created new facilities along its rail network. Collectively, these 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 Ed Elkins,  Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Norfolk Southern. “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 Cody Thacker, Vice President of Growth at Scout Motors. “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.”

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In Richland County, SC, Scout Motors is investing $2 billion to build its first manufacturing plant. The site spans approximately 1,600 acres, with the plant itself occupying 1,100 acres. (Source: Scout Motors)


Other electric vehicle (EV) activity located along Norfolk Southern lines, or with a short line partner, in 2023 included:

  • General Motors and Samsung SDI will invest more than $3 billion in New Carlisle, Indiana to build an EV battery cell plant.
  • Albemarle will invest $1.3 billion in Chester County, South Carolina for a lithium hydroxide Mega-Flex facility.
  • Ford will make 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 other markets, including metals and construction, agriculture, and more. For example, Anchor Ingredients is investing $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 Kathleen Smith, Norfolk Southern Vice President Business Development and Real Estate. “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:

  • Pure Cycle is investing $363 million in Lawrence County, Ohio for a new polypropylene recycling plant.
  • Idaho Forest Group, LLC is investing $120 million in Lamar County, Mississippi for a new lumber mill.
  • International Paper is investing $100 million in Chester County, Pennsylvania for a new corrugated packaging plant.
  • Church & Dwight is investing $50 million in Seneca County, Ohio for an expansion to its current cat litter production plant.
  • Jasper Forest Products is investing $45 million in Walker County, Alabama to expand its lumber facility.
  • Hollingshead Cement, a materials division of SRM Concrete, is investing $9.5 million in Delaware County, Indiana for a new cement distribution terminal.
  • Home Depot is investing $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 last year. In Norfolk, Virginia, stakeholders broke ground on Fairwinds Landing in June 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.

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Also in June, 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. 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. Companies looking to locate or expand their business on rail in 2024 can contact Norfolk Southern’s Business Development and Real Estate team to tap into a full suite of resources on its new, customer-centric website.

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