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Norfolk Southern Corporation is a company that engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods. It also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports. In addition, the Company is involved in the operation of scheduled passenger trains, leasing or sale of rail property and equipment, development of commercial real estate, telecommunications, and the acquisition, leasing, and management of coal, oil, gas, and minerals, as well as the transport of automotive and industrial products.

HQNorfolk, VA, US
Employee Ratings2.8
Overall CultureF

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Employees (est.) (Dec 2019)24,587(-7%)
Job Openings119
Revenue (FY, 2020)$9.8 B(-13%)
Share Price (Sept 2021)$247.6
Cybersecurity ratingCMore

Key People/Management at Norfolk Southern

James Squires

James Squires

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia M. Sanborn

Cynthia M. Sanborn

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Alan Shaw

Alan Shaw

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Ann Adams

Ann Adams

Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer
Mark R. George

Mark R. George

Executive Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Vanessa Sutherland

Vanessa Sutherland

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
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Norfolk Southern Office Locations

Norfolk Southern has offices in Norfolk, Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbia and in 7 other locations
Norfolk, VA, US (HQ)
Commercial Pl
Atlanta, GA, US
1200 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA, US
650 W Peachtree St NW
Birmingham, AL, US
1400 Norfolk Southern Dr S
Columbia, SC, US
South Trust Tower, 1201 Main St #1980
Columbus, OH, US
8000 Ravines Edge Ct #100
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Norfolk Southern Financials and Metrics

Norfolk Southern Revenue

Norfolk Southern's revenue was reported to be $9.79 b in FY, 2020

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Norfolk Southern's current market capitalization is $62 b.
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Norfolk Southern Operating Metrics

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Revenue Ton Miles

201 m207 m194 m


4.16 k4.2 k3.91 k

Locomotives (Multiple Purpose)

3.93 k3.98 k3.71 k

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Norfolk Southern Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Company NameDateDeal Size
Airforce Pipeline, Inc.
Alabama Great Southern LLC
Alabama Great Southern Railroad Company, The
Alexandria-Southern Properties, Inc.
Arrowood-Southern Company
Atlantic Investment Company
Camp Lejeune Railroad Company
Carolina and Northwestern Railway Company
Central of Georgia LLC
Central of Georgia Railroad Company
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Norfolk Southern Revenue Breakdown

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Norfolk Southern revenue breakdown by business segment: 14.8% from Coal, 25.0% from Intermodal, 16.6% from Merchandise (Chemicals), 13.9% from Merchandise (Agriculture Products), 13.5% from Merchandise (Metals and Construction), 8.8% from Merchandise (Automotive) and 7.5% from Merchandise (Forest and Consumer)

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Norfolk Southern News and Updates

Norfolk Southern Grants $400,000 to Food Banks to Combat Food Insecurity

ATLANTA, Sept. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today announced $400,000 in grants to 31 food banks located across the states served by the company. The funds will directly support local efforts to combat food insecurity, as well as other assistance...

What’s Next For Norfolk Southern Stock After A 3% Fall Last Week?

The stock price of Norfolk Southern reached its all-time high of around $295 in May before a recent sell-off resulting in NSC stock falling to $250 levels currently. NSC stock has declined over 3% in the last five trading sessions. The stock prices of other railroad companies, including CSX...

Norfolk Southern profit more than doubles to beat expectations as railway revenue rises 34%

Norfolk Southern Corp. reported Wednesday second-quarter profit that more than doubled to beat expectations, as revenue growth was more than triple the increase in costs. The railroad operator's stock was still inactive in premarket trading. Net income rose to $819 million, or $3.28 a share, from $…

Will Norfolk Southern Stock Move Higher Following Q2 Results?

Norfolk Southern stock (NYSE: NSC) is scheduled to report its Q2 2021 results on Wednesday, July 28. We expect Norfolk Southern to likely post revenue and earnings largely in-line with the street expectations. We believe that the company likely navigated well over the latest quarter, driven by an..

What’s Next For Norfolk Southern Stock After A 7% Fall Yesterday?

The stock price of Norfolk Southern reached an all-time high of $290 in May this year before a larger sell-off in the railroad companies, especially on July 8, 2021, drove the stock price down nearly 12% to its current level of around $254. NSC stock declined 7.2% in a single trading session...

Norfolk Southern annual meeting highlights digital transformation, sustainability

ATLANTA, May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern is positioned well to provide superior service for its customers and create long-term value for shareholders as economic conditions improve, CEO James A. Squires told shareholders at the company's annual meeting today. "We're now...
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Norfolk Southern Blogs

Norfolk Southern appoints Smith and Hatfield as vice presidents; Martínez to retire

Norfolk Southern announced that its board of directors has appointed two new officers.

Norfolk Southern reports third-quarter 2020 results

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

New technology joint venture to transform rail shipping

Today Norfolk Southern, GATX Corporation, Genesee & Wyoming, TrinityRail, and Watco announced a venture to create a new technology platform that will help transform rail shipping in the 21st century.

Norfolk Southern chemical customers earn safety award for safe rail-shipping practices

Norfolk Southern recognizes 58 chemical customers who earned its 2019 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for safely handling products regulated as hazardous materials.

Norfolk Southern’s 2020 Corporate Responsibility report highlights commitment to a more sustainable future

Customers who ship with Norfolk Southern helped avoid almost 15 million metric tons of carbon emissions in 2019 by choosing rail for their transportation needs instead of highway shipping, according to Norfolk Southern’s recently released Corporate Responsibility report.

Norfolk Southern finding “Waze” to promote rail safety

In recognition of National Rail Safety Week, Norfolk Southern is relaunching a successful public awareness campaign to educate motorists about highway-rail grade-crossing safety.
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Norfolk Southern Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Norfolk Southern founded?

    Norfolk Southern was founded in 1826.

  • Who are Norfolk Southern key executives?

    Norfolk Southern's key executives are James Squires, Cynthia M. Sanborn and Alan Shaw.

  • How many employees does Norfolk Southern have?

    Norfolk Southern has 24,587 employees.

  • What is Norfolk Southern revenue?

    Latest Norfolk Southern annual revenue is $9.8 b.

  • What is Norfolk Southern revenue per employee?

    Latest Norfolk Southern revenue per employee is $398.1 k.

  • Who are Norfolk Southern competitors?

    Competitors of Norfolk Southern include CSX, Canadian National Railway and KiwiRail.

  • Where is Norfolk Southern headquarters?

    Norfolk Southern headquarters is located at Commercial Pl, Norfolk.

  • Where are Norfolk Southern offices?

    Norfolk Southern has offices in Norfolk, Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbia and in 7 other locations.

  • How many offices does Norfolk Southern have?

    Norfolk Southern has 12 offices.