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Norfolk Southern Railway has presented its 2016 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award to 55 of its customers for their safe handling of rail-shipped hazardous materials, the Class I announced yesterday.The honorees safely shipped 208,503 carloads of chemical products over the railroad’s network last year.NS created the award in 1996 to recognize chemical manufacturers and plants that ship at least 1,000 carloads of hazardous products over the railroad without a single incident during the year. Fifty-two corporations and three plants achieved the standard for 2016, NS officials said in a press release."These valued customers understand that safe delivery of their product is essential to our nation's commerce and to the well-being of our rail and chemical industry employees, the communities we serve, and the environment," said Alan Shaw, executive vice president and chief marketing officer.This year's award winners are:Altivia Petrochemicals; Apex Terminal; ArcelorMittal USA; Archer Daniels Midland, Decatur, Ill., plant; Ascend Performance Materials LLC; BP Products North America Inc.; Buckeye Partners L.P.; Cargill Inc.; Chemtrade Logistics Inc.; CHS Inc.; Covestro LLC; Crestwood Equity Partners LP; Delaware City Refining LLC, Reybold, Del., plant; Elbow River Marketing Ltd.; ERCO Worldwide; ExxonMobil Chemical Co.; Flint Hill Resources LP; Formosa Plastics Corp. U.S.A.Green Plains Inc.; Horsehead Corp.; Hunt Refining Co. Inc.; INVISTA S.a r.l; Imperial Oil Ltd; Irving Oil; Kemira Chemicals Inc.; Kemira Water Solutions Inc.; Lima Refining Company (Husky); Linde LLC; Marathon Petroleum Co. LP; Marquis Energy LLC; Midwest Terminals of Toledo; NGL Energy Partners LP; Norfalco Sales, Glencore Canada Corp.; NOVA Chemicals Corp.; Nucor Corp.; Olin Corp.; One Earth Energy LLC; Pacific Ethanol Pekin; Paulsboro Refining Co., Paulsboro, N.J., plant; Phillips 66; Plains Midstream Canada ULC; Plains Marketing Van Hook Crude Terminal; Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan.Reagent Chemical & Research Inc.; Shintech Inc.; Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC; Sunbelt Chlor Alkali Partnership; Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals; The Chemours Co. FC LLC; The Dow Chemical Co.; The International Group Inc.; TransMontaigne Product Services Inc.; United Refining Co.; Valero Energy Corp.; and Vopak Terminal Savannah.