Norfolk Southern (NSC) Purchases Great Lakes Reload property

Norfolk Southern Corporation NSC announced that it acquired the Great Lakes Reload (GLR) property, a pivotal step in the railroad operator’s strategy to enhance its freight transportation services. Located in Chicago, the GLR facility offers direct rail and truck-served transload and warehouse solutions, aligning with Norfolk Southern's goal to shift flexible freight to rail. Transload facilities like GLR provide tailored solutions for different cargo types.

Stefan Loeb, Norfolk Southern’s VP of first and final mile markets, emphasized the significance of transloading solutions in optimizing rail networks.

Loeb stated, "This partnership exemplifies our dedication to maximizing efficiency and flexibility for our customers. By acquiring the Great Lakes Reload facility, Norfolk Southern gains access to a unique set of end-to-end supply chain solutions, unlocking significant new business opportunities for existing and future Norfolk Southern customers while preserving the successful operations already in place."

The GLR site spans 60 acres and boasts an impressive infrastructure, including outdoor rail capacity for 175 cars, a climate-controlled warehouse covering 386,000 square feet, and multiple indoor rail spots and box car docks.

Chuck Marias, president of Great Lakes Reloading, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, highlighting its potential to bolster Norfolk Southern's first and final mile rail traffic in the Great Lakes Terminal. GLR remains dedicated to delivering premium transloading and warehousing services to its clientele.

By acquiring GLR, Norfolk Southern not only expands its market reach but also reinforces its commitment to providing efficient and flexible transportation solutions. This strategic move underscores the company's focus on customer satisfaction and its relentless pursuit of excellence in freight transportation services.

Zacks Rank

Currently, NSC carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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