CSX reducing operations, eliminating 300 jobs at Erwin facility

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ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) – CSX Corp. says it is reducing operations at its Erwin yard, eliminating about 300 jobs.

The company said the facilities there primarily served coal trains moving from central Appalachian coal fields. But coal production has declined, and CSX said there is no longer the traffic to support the operations.

The Jacksonville, Florida-based company said in a news release Thursday that employees will receive at least 60 days of pay and benefits, with contract employees possibly receiving other benefits under labor agreements.

The release said many furloughed employees will be eligible for CSX jobs elsewhere. Management employees will be offered relocation when available or will be eligible for severance benefits.

CSX said it was closing a locomotive service center, project shop and car shop and eliminating switching operations at Erwin.

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