Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta’

NS Opens Atlanta Headquarters Complex

November 12, 2021

Norfolk Southern opened its new headquarters in Midtown Atlanta on Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Class 1 railroad is housed in a 750,000-foot building in Tech Square that sits on 3.4 acres.

The complex features two steel and glass towers equipped with touchless technology, open work spaces, street-level plazas and roof-type terraces.

There is a food hall, coffee shop, 24-hour fitness center, and on-site daycare.

NS had been based in Norfolk, Virginia, since 1982 when it was created by the merger of Norfolk & Western and the Southern Railway.

NS Expected to Open Atlanta HQ in September

January 9, 2021

Norfolk Southern expects to move into its new Atlanta headquarters in September.

James Squires

NS CEO James Squires said this week that construction of the facility is well under way in midtown Atlanta.

Work on the new headquarters began with a groundbreaking ceremony in March 2019

NS is currently headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. The move to Atlanta was announced in December 2018.

Speaking to the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, Squires also predicted the economy will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic during the second half of 2021.

“It’s the darkness before the dawn right now,” he said. “The pandemic is still raging, and we are continuing to make the maximum effort to protect our front-line employees in ways that will keep them safe.”

Squires said that as COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available he expects to see a big pickup in freight traffic volume.

“I’m optimistic that in the second half of the year, we expect to see a great deal of activity,” he said.

NS Eyes Building HQ Building in Midtown Atlanta

November 13, 2018

Norfolk Southern has proposed building a new headquarters bulding in Midtown Atlanta.

Documents released by Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, show that NS is considering creating a facility of 750,000 square feet of office space and a daycare center for employees’ children.

The cost of the building was put at $575 million. NS, which has operational headquarters in Atlanta, said relocating its corporate headquarters from Norfolk, Virginia, would create 850 new jobs to go with the 2,025 employees it already has in Atlanta.

The building would be located at West Peachtree Street at Ponce de Leon Avenue and Third Street.

The Atlanta City Council has approved up to $1.9 million in public financing to CIM Group, a California developer, to redevelop an area known as the Gulch area of downtown Atlanta.

NS owns 16 acres in the Gulch, which consists of parking lots and rail lines and it selling its Gulch properties to CIM Group and using the proceeds to invest in its new headquarters.

NS Seen as Likely to Move HQ to Atlanta

October 24, 2018

Norfolk Southern appears poised to moves its corporate headquarters to Atlanta a video made by CEO James Squires suggests.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk said the video is intended for employees, but has not been posted on the NS website.

NS is currently based in Norfolk, but has numerous offices in Atlanta, including its operational headquarters.

Reports have circulated for more than a month that NS is eyeing moving from Norfolk to Atlanta, but the company has declined to confirm it is considering that other than to say it is developing a new long-range plan with several options, including the “possibility of consolidating headquarters into a single location.”

That statement did not describe any locations.

The Norfolk newspaper said the video featuring Squires “makes clear that an Atlanta move is now front-and-center,” with a potential timetable in place for when employees would make the move.

“We are considering the consolidation of our Norfolk headquarters into Atlanta, but only if many aspects can be resolved to make sense for Norfolk Southern, its shareholders, and its employees,” Squires said in a statement containing a link to the nearly five-minute video.

NS HQ Decision Expected Soon

October 4, 2018

Norfolk Southern expects to make a decision soon on moving its corporate headquarters to Atlanta from Norfolk, Virginia.

Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said his understanding is that “a deal has already been struck.”

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk cited “unnamed sources close to Norfolk Southern” as saying that moving the headquarters to Atlanta is only a matter of time.

However, if NS plans to move to Atlanta it faces potential obstacles over a controversial real estate deal that must be approved by the Atlanta City Council.

NS owns property in the Gulch neighborhood of downtown Atlanta and stands to benefit from a proposed $1,75 billion in public financing toward an estimated $5 billion development plan.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has said NS will only move its headquarters to Atlanta if it sells the property in question.

In the meantime, the railroad has been reported to be looking in Atlanta for a suitable building to house its corporate headquarters that it would pay from the proceeds of the Gulch neighborhood property.

News reports indicated that NS had told Atlanta officials that it wanted to see the Gulch property before releasing its third-quarter earnings report.

NS has said little about the situation other than releasing a statement that it is in the process of developing its next long-range plan and considering many courses of action, including the possibility of consolidating headquarters into a single location.

Norfolk has offered NS city-owned property for a new headquarters site that is close to the railroad’s current headquarters building.

Virginia officials have raised the prospect of millions in state dollars for new job incentives.

NS CEO James Squires met earlier this week with Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade and head of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

In Atlanta, the development of the NS property in the Gulch neighborhood is strongly opposed by community advocates, who have called it a giveaway of tax revenue needed for education and other public services.

NS has 2,800 employees in the Norfolk region and more than 4,700 in Georgia.

NS operating headquarters are in Atlanta and the carrier is in the process of moving all of its dispatcher there by the end of the year. NS is also consolidating its operating divisions.


Norfolk Fears Losing NS Headquarters

September 13, 2018

Virginia officials have expressed alarm at the prospect of Norfolk moving its headquarters from Norfolk, Virginia, to Atlanta.

NS employs 500 in downtown Norfolk and, of course, the city is a major part of the railroad’s identity.

Some have noted, though, that another part of that identity, the Southern Railway, was traditionally headquartered in Atlanta.

As it is, NS employs 1,900 at the Goode operations building in Atlanta where NS has long housed members of its operations and engineering departments.

If NS were to move its corporate headquarters to Atlanta that would mean as many as 1,400 new jobs, although not all would come from Norfolk.

Losing the NS headquarters would cost Norfolk more than prestige.

“Norfolk Southern is a great corporate citizen, and although the majority of their employees are in Atlanta, they have employees all across the nation, and they continue to have a very strong presence in Hampton Roads as a major employer, Fortune 500 company and corporate citizen,” said Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander. “To lose any part of that would be devastating to our community.”

James Koch, an Old Dominion University economist, said losing NS “would constitute a body blow to the regional economy and especially to Norfolk.”

Koch noted that NS has steadily been moving some senior employees to Atlanta so there has been speculation for some time that a relocation of the headquarters might be coming.

“‘Well-paid individuals would depart. It would also result in a significant decline in regional charitable contributions, memberships, civic participation, and a noticeable decline in restaurant and entertainment patronage as well,” he said.

NS has been coy about its plans.  “Norfolk Southern is in the process of developing its next long-range plan,” said NS spokesperson Susan Terpay.

“That effort is considering many courses of action, including the possibility of consolidating headquarters into a single location. Our long-range plan is complex and will take time to develop, and Norfolk Southern will publicize our plans and decisions when appropriate. Until then, our focus will be on the plan’s development.”

NS once had a significant office presence in Roanoke, Virginia, but in 2015 it began moving employees from that office to Norfolk and Atlanta and closed it 203,000-square-foot Roanoke office building.

NS May Move HQ to Atlanta

September 11, 2018

Norfolk Southern may move its headquarters from its namesake city to Atlanta.

News media reports said NS already has a large regional office in Atlanta and if the rest of the corporate offices are moved there it would result in the transfer of 1,000 jobs.

NS sources have indicated that moving the headquarters out of Norfolk, Virginia, is being considered but no decisions have been made.

“Our long-range plan is complex and will take time to develop, and Norfolk Southern will publicize our plans and decisions when appropriate. Until then, our focus will be on the plan’s development,” railroad officials said.

NS Wants to Move Dispatchers to Atlanta

January 26, 2018

Norfolk Southern wants to move all of its train dispatcher to Atlanta, says a union representing the dispatchers.

The American Train Dispatchers Association sent a letter to its members this week saying that NS is planning to begin consolidating dispatching operations in the Goode Center in Atlanta as early as this May.

The letter was posted on the website of Trains magazine, which said NS declined to comment and the union did not respond to its request for comment. The union is based in Cleveland and affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

Most NS dispatching operations in Northern Ohio are overseen by dispatchers located in Pittsburgh; Dearborn, Michigan; and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The letter said NS told the union that the move would be made in stages, starting in May and being finished by October.

The union and railroad will be meeting to negotiate an agreement to implement the move once the carrier gives formal notice of it.

Speaking of the implementation timetable, the letter said, “Obviously, the Organization believes that this is an overly aggressive timetable, and given the difficulties encountered by our brothers and sisters on CSXT over the past year, I would implore everyone to not make any plans based on this preliminary announcement.”

Ultimate Ends Burke-NYC Flights

March 4, 2017

Ultimate Air Shuttle cited low traffic for suspending its flights between Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport and New York City six weeks after they began.

Ultimate air shuttleThe carrier based in North Canton said it would instead launch service from Burke to Atlanta on March 20. Those flights will have an intermediate stop in Cincinnati.

Ultimate had flown to Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Atlanta service is slated to use DeKalb-Peachtree Airport rather than Hartsfield International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world.

Rick Pawlak, Ultimate Air’s managing director, said the carrier expects to resume Burke-New York service but did not give a timeline for that to happen.