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GE Honors Union Pacific Railroad with Supplier Award

Omaha, Neb., May 05, 2009 – Union Pacific Railroad recently was honored by GE through its Supplier Excellence Awards program. The prestigious award recognizes excellence in compliance, quality, lean, direct material productivity, growth and customer centricity.

Union Pacific received GE's Excellence in Customer Centricity award for the railroad's work in transporting wind energy components. The award is given to a supplier that consistently meets all sourcing critical to quality and price, delivery quality, and demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness to GE and GE's customers.

"Union Pacific has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence," said Jodi Markopoulos, vice president of global sourcing, GE Energy. "GE's Excellence in Customer Centricity award recognizes Union Pacific's dedication to integrity, strong values and quality performance."

"We are very proud to receive this recognition from GE," said Eric Butler, Union Pacific vice president and general manager - Industrial Products. "We are dedicated to providing value for our customers and will continue to look for ways to improve in all aspects of customer service."

In conjunction with the award, GE will donate a mural on Union Pacific's behalf at Children's Hospital and Medical Center of Omaha. Children's annually provides care to more than 250,000 children from a five-state region and beyond.  Foundation for Hospital Art volunteers, a non-profit organization founded in 1984, will paint the mural.  Approximately 500,000 Foundation volunteers and patients have painted more than 30,000 paintings in 190 countries in more than 2,000 hospitals.

GE Energy has been presenting its Supplier Excellence Awards for more than 10 years. This year's award winners were chosen from a field of 60 U.S. and European contenders, which were nominated by GE global commodity leaders and supplier quality leaders. GE Energy's senior sourcing leadership team reviewed the applications, which were put through a rigorous selection process. The final decisions were based on actual quantitative metrics and subjective opinion tied to historical commercial relations.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

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