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Norfolk Southern joins automotive industry group


Norfolk Southern Corp. has joined the nonprofit, member-supported Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).

“The rebound in the automotive industry has created new challenges for logistics management, and Norfolk Southern Corp.’s expertise in intermodal transportation will be beneficial to AIAG’s membership at a key time,” said AIAG Executive Director J. Scot Sharland in a prepared statement.

The AIAG membership will give the railroad’s managers a “deeper understanding of our automotive customers’ needs and afford us an opportunity to be an industry leader in contributing ideas and solutions to complex logistics issues,” said NS Group Vice President-Automotive Richard Kiley.

NS serves 33 auto distribution facilities, 26 auto assembly plants, four service centers and three just-in-time rail auto parts centers.

AIAG members include OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities and academic individuals who seek to work together to lower supply-chain costs and complexity through the development of global standards and “harmonized business practices,” AIAG officials said. Other members include Caterpillar, Chrysler Group L.L.C., Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Honda of America, Navistar International, Nissan and Toyota.

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