Jacksonville, Fla. – Transportation company CSX has announced the company is closing its mechanical shops in Corbin, Ky.
Approximately 180 active CSX employees who work at the facilities and in support roles will be affected. All affected employees at Corbin will receive at least 60 days of pay and benefits.
“The shops at Corbin were primarily used to maintain, inspect and service locomotives and rail cars for coal trains moving from Central Appalachia to the Eastern consumption regions. The decision to close the locomotive and car shops and a locomotive service center is the result of reduced need for locomotive and car maintenance there because of the significant decline of the region’s coal traffic,” according to a press release from the company.
“The combination of low natural gas prices and regulatory action has significantly decreased CSX’s coal movements over the past four years, with more than $1 billionin coal revenue declines during that time.”
The release said some employees will be “eligible for jobs in higher-demand areas on CSX’s network.”
The Corbin rail yard will remain open and train operations will continue. Approximately 100 engineering and transportation employees will remain at Corbinto support and manage the yard traffic. A small number of mechanical employees will also remain to support train operations.
CSX has more than 2,900 miles of rail road track in Kentucky, an automotive distribution center in Louisville, and a new Casky rail yard in Hopkinsville.