KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN
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Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and operation of rail network in North America. It operates north/south rail route among Kansas City, Missouri, and various key ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas encompassing a 10-state region in the Midwest and southern parts of the United States. The company also operates direct rail passageway between Mexico City and Laredo in Texas, serving various Mexico's industrial cities and 3 of its shipping ports; and 157-mile rail line extending from Laredo to the port city of Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition, it holds a concession to operate a 47-mile coast-to-coast railroad located adjacent to the Panama Canal, as well as operates commuter and tourist railway services. Its customers include companies conducting business in various industries, including electric-generating utilities, chemical and petroleum products, forest products and metals, agriculture and mineral products, automotive products, and intermodal traffic. As of December 2, 2005, its rail network comprised approximately 6,000 miles of main and branch lines extending from the Midwest and Southeastern portions of the United States south into Mexico. The company was founded as Kansas City Southern Industries, Inc. in 1962 and changed its name to Kansas City Southern in 2002. Kansas City Southern is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.