July 07, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) strives to be an industry leader in the environmental, health and safety operation of its facilities, and the company's dedication to safety was in the spotlight over the past month as it received three prestigious railroad safety awards for the safe shipping of its products during 2004. Air Products achievements included a "Safe Handling Award for 2004" from CN; a "Chemical Safety Excellence Award" from CSX; and a "Chemical Transportation Safety Pinnacle Award" from Union Pacific Railroad.
"In horse racing or baseball, participants strive to win what they call the Triple Crown. We call winning these three very important awards our own Triple Crown of railway safety," said Rich Walters, manager, North American Distribution for Air Products. "We work hard on our safety practices, and successfully gaining these recognitions all in the same year from the three primary railroads that deliver our products is very important to us. Obviously, we are very proud of our safety record." Walters added that this is not the first time Air Products has received all three awards in the same year, having also accomplished the same feat in 1999.
This was the sixth consecutive year that Air Products has been presented a "Safe Handling Award" from CN. Since 1992, Safe Handling Awards have been presented each year to CN customers that load 100 or more cars with hazardous materials annually and meet demanding requirements for safe handling and shipment of regulated products. The awards are presented to companies that meet established criteria, according to the total number of shipments of hazardous materials for all facilities.
It was the third consecutive year and also the sixth time Air Products has achieved the "Chemical Safety Excellence Award" from CSX. Air Products has also won the award in 2003, 2002, 1999, 1998 and 1995. CSX recognizes shippers for sharing the railway's commitment and performance in the safe transport of chemicals and for prevention of non-accident releases.
Air Products has won the "Chemical Transportation Safety Pinnacle Award" from Union Pacific on three previous occasions in 1999, 1998, and 1995. The Safety Pinnacle Award, in which this year Air Products was one of just 19 shippers to receive the honor out of an overall 1,200 Union Pacific shippers, recognizes the safety achievements of Union Pacific's chemical and petrochemical customers. The Pinnacle Award winners were selected from applications received from chemical customers and judged based on safe loading techniques, securement of the shipments and no non-accident releases.
CN's corporate focus is on strict application of safety rules, ensuring equipment is safe, and operating trains safely. Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., owns companies providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services that are among the nation's leading transportation companies, connecting 70 river, ocean and lake ports, as well as more than 230 shortline railroads. Its principal operating company, CSX Transportation Inc., operates the largest railroad in the eastern United States with a 22,000-mile rail network linking commercial markets in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and two Canadian provinces. CSX Intermodal Inc. is a stand-alone integrated intermodal company serving customers with its own truck and terminal operations plus a dedicated domestic container fleet. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company's website, http://www.csx.com/.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $7.4 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and nearly 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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