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UP takes home GM's service honor; CN hands out 'safe handling' awards to 79 shippers


Union Pacific Railroad recently took home General Motors Corp.'s 2007 General Supplier of the Year award — the fourth time in the past seven years the Class I has won the automaker's "superior service" honor.

The only railroad to receive the award, UP provides transportation services for all of GM's finished vehicle business in the West. The award recognizes the Class I's improved service performance, support of GM's 2007 model launches and transportation costs.

A global team of GM executives chose winners based on a supplier's quality, service, technology and price. This year, GM honored 97 suppliers for their performance excellence throughout 2007.

Meanwhile, Canadian National Railway Co. handed out its own hardware to honor hazardous material shippers' safe loading efforts in 2007. The Class I named 79 winners of this year's Safe Handling Awards.

Launched in 1992, the awards recognize shippers that safely load cars carrying dangerous goods and meet strict safe-handling requirements for regulated products. Winners must meet established criteria, according to the total number of haz-mat shipments for all facilities.

"The Safe Handling Awards are an integral part of the Responsible Care® Program — an ongoing performance improvement initiative in which CN is a partner, both in Canada and the U.S.," said Paul Miller, CN's vice president and chief safety and transportation officer, in a prepared statement.