SOURCE: BNSF Railway Company

March 12, 2007 14:09 ET

BNSF's 2006 Economic Development Efforts Lead to $1 Billion in Investments and Nearly 4,000 Jobs

FORT WORTH, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 12, 2007 -- Economic development efforts of BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) were instrumental in the location of 107 new or expanded facilities during 2006 in the areas served by the railway. These facilities involved investments of $1 billion and the creation of about 4,000 jobs. From 2004 through 2006, BNSF's economic development efforts have resulted in $3.54 billion in facility investments and created 14,300 jobs.

The 107 facilities located in 2006 included ethanol plants in California and Minnesota; produce distribution centers in California, Illinois, Kansas and Texas; and lumber yards in California, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington. Other companies located along BNSF lines in 2006 include facilities for building products, fertilizers, plastics and aggregates.

BNSF assisted Wm. Bolthouse Farms, one of the world's largest suppliers of fresh carrots, with the location of a new refrigerated distribution facility (Fresh Logistics) in Hodgkins, Ill. From this facility, Bolthouse distributes fresh produce and fruit juices originating in Bakersfield, Calif., to grocers in the Chicago metropolitan region.

"We are pleased that BNSF was able to find a solution to provide Bolthouse with a location in the heart of the Chicago metropolitan region with good highway access," said Vann Cunningham, BNSF assistant vice president, Economic Development. "The ability of businesses to respond to rapidly changing market conditions is key to their continued success, and to the success of the communities in which they operate. BNSF is proud to help Bolthouse Farms and other companies manage that critical component."

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE: BNI), BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest North American rail networks, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is among the world's top transporters of intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other American railroad, carries the components of many of the products we depend on daily, and hauls enough low-sulphur coal to generate about ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States. BNSF is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at www.bnsf.com.

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