June 11, 2007
Norfolk Southern Names Office Tower for Arnold McKinnon, Observes Its 25th Year
NORFOLK, VA – He is the person most identified with helping Norfolk Southern take advantage of the new competitive marketing opportunities afforded by partial deregulation of the rail industry 27 years ago, and who envisioned the railroad as an integral link in the global logistics chain.
He instilled the tenets of quality management into every facet of the organization, building a culture of continuous improvement in service and safety.
And now, Norfolk Southern Corporation’s (NYSE: NSC) office tower at Three Commercial Place in Norfolk carries his name.
The naming of the Arnold B. McKinnon Building honors the corporation’s second chairman, president and chief executive officer, who served in that capacity from 1987 to 1992, capping a 41-year railroad career. It also coincides with the observance of Norfolk Southern’s 25th anniversary. The company was formed June 1, 1982, with the consolidation of Norfolk & Western Railway and Southern Railway.
Norfolk Southern Chief Executive Officer Wick Moorman, in a ceremony June 8 attended by McKinnon, his wife Oriana and family members, said, “Much of what the company is today, we owe to Arnold’s vision and his ability to translate that vision into goals and results. Putting his name on the building is a fitting thank-you on behalf of our employees and friends everywhere.”
Norfolk Southern broke ground in 1986 for the 300,000-square-foot, 21-story green glass office tower. The building opened in 1988, with McKinnon and city leaders cutting the ribbon. Currently some 400 employees work in the Arnold B. McKinnon Building.
Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada, serving every major container port in the eastern United States and providing superior connections to western rail carriers. NS operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is North America’s largest rail carrier of metals and automotive products.
Norfolk Southern contacts:
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