HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg native who is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation spoke to members of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association during an annual meeting Thursday.
Charles "Wick" Moorman, who was named the 2011 Railroader of the Year by the trade publication Railway Age, addressed the organization's Membership & Awards Luncheon at the city's historic train depot. He said Norfolk Southern has had a long relationship with Hattiesburg that should continue to be strong in the future.
"Our company today is making enormous investments in adding capacity, adding transportation capabilities and promoting economic development and industrial development across all of the regions that we serve," Moorman said. "Mississippi is an important state for us, Hattiesburg is a great location for us and so we look forward to continuing to work with everyone down here to try to bring more industry into this area," he said.
Moorman, whose father was a longtime professor at Southern Miss, graduated from Georgia Tech and Harvard Business School.
Several awards were presented during the luncheon, including those for Volunteer of the Year, Leadership, Innovation and Promotion of the Arts.