Union Pacific Earns The Home Depot's 2005 Rail Partner Award

Omaha, Neb., November 9, 2005 – Union Pacific Railroad has been named The Home Depot’s 2005 Rail Partner of the Year for its improved service performance to several of The Home Depot distribution centers.

"Our operating programs such as LEAN management and the Unified Plan have been paying dividends. Recognition from our customers, like The Home Depot, is gratifying and an acknowledgement our efforts are meeting their requirements," said Randy Evans, assistant vice president – Industrial Products.

The Home Depot’s recognition was based on improvements in long-haul and switching transit times.

Union Pacific services The Home Depot distribution centers in Fremont, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Clearfield, Utah; Denver, Colo.; San Antonio, Texas; Grand Prairie, Texas; and Houston, Texas. UP primarily moves lumber products to these facilities.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul 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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