CSX to close locomotive shop in Russell

Published 6:37 pm Friday, April 5, 2019

113 jobs eliminated; Russell terminal will remain open

RUSSELL — CSX will be closing its locomotive shop in Russell.

Its Russell terminal will remain open and all other transportation options will continue, the company said.

The decision was announced to employees at the locomotive shop on Friday.

“As a result of the locomotive shop closure, 113 positions are being eliminated, and impacted employees were sent home after the announcement,” the company said in a news release. “Furloughed union employees will be covered by the terms of their collective bargaining agreements and will receive at least 60 days of regular pay and benefits. CSX issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice in conjunction with the shop closure.”

The company said the decision to close the Russell Locomotive Shop was made after a thorough review of operations.

“Over the past three years, the volume of work performed at the Russell Locomotive Shop has declined substantially, through no fault of the employees who work there,” the company said. “CSX is grateful for the contributions of its many employees and has offered to work with labor officials to minimize the effects of this closure on employees and their families.”