KCS Celebrates 125th Anniversary of Founding by Ringing the Opening Bell at
the New York Stock Exchange
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- November 27, 2012
Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) celebrated its 125^th anniversary of
railroad operations today by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock
The company known today as KCS was founded by Arthur E. Stilwell in 1887.
Stilwell envisioned a single-line railroad from the heartland of the United
States to the Gulf of Mexico. Building off of this vision to develop a
north-south railroad, KCS extended its network into Mexico in 1997 by joining
with Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. (TFM) to operate the
Northeast Railway, Mexico’s premier rail line. In 2005, KCS acquired full
ownership of TFM and renamed its Mexico operations Kansas City Southern de
México, S.A. de C.V. This acquisition resulted in the first and only
coordinated rail network between the United States and Mexico.
In 2011, KCS reported carloads of 2 million and revenue of $2.1 billion. This
was the first time that KCS carloads reached the 2 million threshold, and the
first time that annual revenue exceeded $2 billion.
"The ringing of the opening bell of trading on the New York Stock Exchange is
for us a celebration of the contributions of generations of dedicated KCS
employees," commented KCS Executive Chairman Michael R. Haverty. "Our founder,
Arthur Stilwell, had a unique vision; a vision, if anything, more vibrant
today than it was 125 years ago."
Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, Kansas City Southern is a transportation
holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.
Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving
the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas
City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico
and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent
interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and
passenger service along the Panama Canal. Kansas City Southern's North
American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a
NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the
U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Kansas City Southern
William H. Galligan, 816-983-1551
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