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pabrankle

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NS Roanoke Distribution Center closure
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:18:40 AM »
Norfolk Southern announces closure of Roanoke Distribution Center, transfer of Roanoke Locomotive Shop work
Norfolk Southern experienced a 48% decline in coal tons shipped since 2008, and further declines are expected


ROANOKE, Va. – Norfolk Southern announced closure of its Roanoke Distribution Center and the transfer of Roanoke Locomotive Shop work and positions to Altoona, PA Tuesday morning. The company says rail operations and more than 650 employees will remain in the Roanoke Valley.

Norfolk Southern says all mechanical workers – approximately 85 individuals – will be offered the opportunity to relocate to the Juniata Locomotive Shop and 19 clerical positions will be eliminated.

The following is a statement from Norfolk Southern:

Norfolk Southern today announced the closure of its Roanoke Distribution Center in Virginia and the planned transfer of the work associated with its Roanoke Locomotive Shop to Altoona, Pennsylvania. Roanoke Locomotive Shop mechanical employees will have the opportunity to transfer to the Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona and will be eligible for relocation benefits.

This difficult but necessary decision reflects the importance of ensuring the company maintains the right mix of people and facilities, in the right locations, to deliver exceptional customer service. This decision follows a 48% decline in coal tons shipped since 2008. Norfolk Southern also has seen a 22% reduction in our locomotive fleet since late 2018, reducing the volume of locomotive maintenance and repair required to operate safely.

We maintain a longstanding affiliation with the Roanoke area and the many generations of highly talented men and women who have worked for NS in Roanoke, which makes today’s announcement especially difficult. Norfolk Southern will continue its presence and operations in Roanoke, employing more than 650 people in the Roanoke Valley.

Additional background information from Norfolk Southern:

Norfolk Southern experienced a 48% decline in coal tons shipped since 2008, and further declines are expected. Norfolk Southern also has seen a 22% reduction in our locomotive fleet since late 2018, reducing the volume of locomotive maintenance and repair required to operate safely. As NS continues to evaluate its operations and network, the company determined it could no longer support two separate heavy-repair locomotive facilities. Norfolk Southern determined that the most appropriate location on its network for its major locomotive facility is the Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

It is anticipated that affected employees at the Roanoke Distribution Center will continue working through approximately April 18, 2020, and personnel at the Roanoke Locomotive Shop through approximately May 18, 2020.

All mechanical workers – approximately 85 individuals – will be offered the opportunity to relocate to the Juniata Locomotive Shop and continue their employment with Norfolk Southern. Nineteen clerical positions will be eliminated. The company recognizes the valuable contributions of its employees and will work with affected employees to provide relocation benefits to those who choose to relocate. Furloughed clerical employees will have the opportunity to apply for available positions elsewhere on the NS system.

Norfolk Southern has been a proud corporate citizen of Roanoke for more than 130 years, and will remain engaged in the community. The Norfolk Southern Foundation supports the Virginia Career Works mission to advance economic stability and growth by preparing and connecting people with employers through its training providers and network of professional partners. Norfolk Southern recently contributed $150,000 to the Virginia Career Works stabilization and empowerment initiative to support displaced workers in the Blue Ridge region.

While the railroad’s profile may be reduced, Roanoke and the Commonwealth of Virginia will remain vitally important components of Norfolk Southern’s 22-state network. The company will continue its presence and operations in Roanoke, employing more than 650 people in the Roanoke Valley.

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Re: NS Roanoke Distribution Center closure
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2020, 08:57:15 PM »
22% reduction in locomotive fleet yet still experiencing roughly the same amount of mechanical problems.  Our engine house at times looks like a parking lot.  No noticeable change in the amount of locos or the problems that I can tell. 

Here’s the issue.  They will cut staff while the mechanical problems slow down some but in about 2-4 years when these motors rack up hundreds of thousands of hours and miles they will be short staffed and need to hire and train new people again.  Which will cost them more in the long run.  All about saving the dollar now and spending twice as much later


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