OMAHA, Neb., April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Toyota Logistics Services recognized Union Pacific Railroad as the top rail transportation provider with its 2011 President's Award. Union Pacific received this award for its high level of overall logistics excellence among rail carriers.
Union Pacific also received Toyota's Logistics Excellence Awards for on-time service performance and customer service. Toyota Logistics Services recognizes outstanding performance of all logistics suppliers, including truck, marine and railroad companies.
"Union Pacific has been recognized by Toyota with logistics excellence awards in key category components for many years," said Linda Brandl, Union Pacific vice president and general manager - Automotive. "We are honored to receive the 2011 President's Award and remain committed to supporting Toyota with innovative transportation solutions and excellent service."
Union Pacific transported more than half a million Toyota vehicles in 2011. Customer service scores rate communication, equipment supply, responsiveness, collaboration, business controls and overall ease of doing business. On-time performance involves online and through-route performance and improved year-over-year transit time. Quality scores emphasize damage-free service, year-over-year damage reduction, process improvements and reduction in damage cost per vehicle.
About Union Pacific It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, today Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.
About Toyota Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than 1.64 million vehicles in 2011. Toyota directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals more than $25 billion.