SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AIAG announced today that Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the nation's premier transportation companies, has joined the not-for-profit, member-supported organization. The company's addition provides an entre for AIAG into the railroad and intermodal network sectors as the importance of supply chain management continues to grow in the complex automotive supplier network.
"The rebound in the automotive industry has created new challenges for logistics management, and Norfolk Southern Corporation's expertise in intermodal transportation will be beneficial to AIAG's entire membership at a key time," said J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG. "Norfolk Southern serves a number of facilities in the automotive sector, and we believe its membership in AIAG will be a win-win for the entire automotive industry as we continue to identify common emerging issues and facilitate solutions."
Norfolk Southern Corporation will benefit from AIAG's new membership benefits package, which provides easier access to the tools members need to educate their workforce, increase quality and improve costs in the global supply chain. The organization's materials management and logistics initiatives are far-reaching and can have a significant impact on supply chain efficiency, providing guidelines, training and educational opportunities to understand the complexity and depth of supply chain issues.
"Joining AIAG will enable Norfolk Southern to gain 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 Richard Kiley, Norfolk Southern Group Vice President-Automotive.
The Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia and serves 33 auto distribution facilities, 26 auto assembly plants, four service centers and three just-in-time rail auto parts centers.
AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where, for 30 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities and individuals in academia have worked collaboratively to drive down costs and complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and harmonized business practices. AIAG membership has grown to include preeminent OEMs, such as Caterpillar, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Honda of America, Navistar International, Nissan, Toyota, and many of their parts suppliers and service providers. For more information, visit www.AIAG.org.