Norfolk Southern Locating HQ In Atlanta

The transportation company's new headquarters will result in the creation of 850 jobs and $575 million in capital investment in Fulton County.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the nation’s premier transportation companies, will locate its headquarters in Fulton County, GA, creating 850 jobs and investing $575 million. Norfolk Southern’s new campus will house the company’s headquarters, dispatch operations, operations and service support center, crew management center, corridor operations offices, national customer service center, administrative functions, marketing department and police communications center.

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“Norfolk Southern is excited to embark on a new future in the city of Atlanta,” said James A. Squires, Norfolk Southern chairman, president and CEO. “This future depends on collaboration with customers, suppliers, and partners – and ready access to technology, talent, and our 22-state network. A unified office team in a new Atlanta headquarters will connect Norfolk Southern with every resource needed for success.”

Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of automotive products, coal and industrial products. Its subsidiary, Norfolk Southern Railway, operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and Washington, DC. In 2017, Norfolk Southern employed 4,710 Georgians.

For the new campus, Norfolk Southern is purchasing property at 650 West Peachtree St. NW in Midtown Atlanta and collaborating with Cousins Properties for development purposes.

“As a major hub for both transportation and innovation, Georgia is a fitting home for Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “As the No. 1 state for business six years in a row, Georgia has become a preferred location for industry leaders like Norfolk Southern, as we have seen more than 30 locations or expansions by Fortune 500 companies in the better part of the last decade. Much of this success can be attributed to our expansive infrastructure network, our culture of collaboration and ready-to-work communities, all of which are essential in helping businesses move goods around the nation and to international markets as efficiently as possible.

“Today’s announcement will open many doors of opportunity for residents of the metro Atlanta area while also reinforcing Georgia’s distinction as the Southeast’s gateway to global commerce,” Deal continued. “We appreciate Norfolk Southern’s significant investment in Fulton County and look forward to celebrating the company’s future growth and continued success.”

“We are proud that another Fortune 500 company will make Atlanta its home,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “Norfolk Southern’s decision to expand its current Atlanta operations and relocate its headquarters here is a testament to Atlanta’s thriving business community and talented workforce. The approval of the Gulch redevelopment helped make this possible. We look forward to welcoming them to their new home in Midtown.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Senior Project Manager Randall Toussaint represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with Invest Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

“We are thrilled that Norfolk Southern selected metro Atlanta for their new headquarters,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “As the #supplychaincity, Atlanta is a global leader in supply chain infrastructure, and Norfolk Southern is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Our region will be a perfect fit to support Norfolk Southern’s long-term growth plans.”

“As a city founded as the terminus of a railroad line, it means so much for Atlanta to have Norfolk Southern choose to locate their headquarters here,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “The estimated $811 million economic impact the company will bring to our city will create and retain jobs, attract investment, and further strengthen our position as a top-tier transportation and logistics hub.”

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