NS move will not impact local division

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp.’s announcement to relocate its headquarters from Norfolk to Atlanta will have no impact in the Altoona area, according to company officials.

Norfolk Southern em­ploys about 1,000 workers in the Altoona area with the Juniata Locomotive Shop, track personnel and maintenance workers, said Rudy Husband, Norfolk Southern spokesman.

“There will be absolutely no impact on our operations in Blair County as a result of moving the headquarters from Norfolk to Atlanta,” Husband said.

Alignment, collaboration and accountability are the hallmarks of Norfolk South­ern’s plan to transform the company and its culture, he said.

“Our new headquarters in Atlanta advances these key elements of success,” said Jim Squires, chairman, president and chief executive officer in a statement. “Our potential has always been great and now is greater still, as we bring together all of our headquarters functions into a single, integrated team.”

“Norfolk Southern is grateful to the city of Norfolk and the commonwealth of Virginia for their support of our company over the last three plus decades,” Squires said. “We look forward to the continued growth of our business in the commonwealth as the many operating employees who remain serve the customers and promote economic development in this integral part of our network.”

Georgia is a fitting home for Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

“As the No. 1 state for business six years in a row, Georgia has become a preferred location for industry leaders such as Norfolk Southern who seek an expansive infrastructure network, a culture of collaboration, and ready-to-work communities. This an­nounce­­ment also reinforces Georgia’s distinction as the Southeast’s gateway to global commerce. We appreciate Norfolk South­ern’s significant investment in Fulton County and look forward to celebrating the company’s future growth and continued success,” Deal said in a statement.

“Norfolk Southern values Atlanta’s vitality and looks forward to contributing more of our own energy to its business, social, and community environments,” Squires said.