Railway and transportation giant Norfolk Southern will be building a new campus in midtown Atlanta to house its new headquarters. The new campus is expected to create 850 jobs and is an investment of $575 million.
Where will it be located?: Norfolk Southern is purchasing property at 650 West Peachtree St. NW in Midtown Atlanta and collaborating with Cousins Properties for development purposes.
What will be housed at the new campus?: According to state officials, the new facility will house the company headquarters as well as dispatch operations, operations and service support center, crew management center, corridor operations offices, national customer service center, administrative functions, marketing department and police communications center.
More About Norfolk Southern: Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of automotive products, coal and industrial products. Its subsidiary, Norfolk Southern Railway, operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and Washington, D.C. Norfolk Southern is already a major employer in Georgia, boasting 4,710 Georgians working for the company in 2017.
The Quotes: Georgia officials were quick to weigh in on the planned headquarters, starting with Governor Nathan Deal.
“As a major hub for both transportation and innovation, Georgia is a fitting home for Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters,” said Deal. “As the No. 1 state for business six years in a row, Georgia has become a preferred location for industry leaders like Norfolk Southern, as we have seen more than 30 locations or expansions by Fortune 500 companies in the better part of the last decade. Much of this success can be attributed to our expansive infrastructure network, our culture of collaboration and ready-to-work communities, all of which are essential in helping businesses move goods around the nation and to international markets as efficiently as possible.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms: “We are proud that another Fortune 500 company will make Atlanta its home,” said Bottoms. “Norfolk Southern’s decision to expand its current Atlanta operations and relocate its headquarters here is a testament to Atlanta’s thriving business community and talented workforce. The approval of the Gulch redevelopment helped make this possible. We look forward to welcoming them to their new home in Midtown.”
Metro Atlanta Chamber CEO Hala Moddelmog: “Atlanta is a global leader in supply chain infrastructure, and Norfolk Southern is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Our region will be a perfect fit to support Norfolk Southern’s long-term growth plans.”
Dr. Eloisa Klementich, CEO of Invest Atlanta: “As a city founded as the terminus of a railroad line, it means so much for Atlanta to have Norfolk Southern choose to locate their headquarters here. The estimated $811 million economic impact the company will bring to our city will create and retain jobs, attract investment, and further strengthen our position as a top-tier transportation and logistics hub.”