Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company with railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico, and Panama. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, its primary holding is Kansas City Southern Railway, which serves customers in the central and south central U.S. KCS' rail holdings, investments and strategic alliances are components of a NAFTA Railway system that links the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Founded in 1887, with a vision of extending the railroad from the U.S. heartland to the Gulf of Mexico, that core business philosophy has uniquely positioned KCS to serve customers while taking advantage of growing NAFTA trade. Today, the NAFTA Railway extends from the U.S. heartland to the heart of Mexico through three primary rail entities: Kansas City Southern Railway, Texas Mexican Railway and TFM. The Panama Canal Railway Company provides ocean-to-ocean transshipment service between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a railway running parallel to the Panama Canal.
On April 21, 2003, Kansas City Southern and Grupo TMM, S.A. (Grupo TMM) (NYSE: TMM) announced a series of agreements that have been approved by their respective boards of directors, that will, following shareholder and regulatory approval, place The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), the Texas Mexican Railway Company(Tex-Mex), and TFM, S.A., de C.V. (TFM) under the common control of a single transportation holding company, NAFTA Rail, to be headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. As part of the transaction, Kansas City Southern will change its name to NAFTA Rail, which will trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).