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CSX cites coal slump in closure


CSX is closing its Huntington administrative offices amid the downturn in the coal industry.

In a news release this week, the railroad company said 121 management and union employees in the Huntington division will continue working in the area for several months in transitional roles.

The release says many employees can fill positions in other areas afterward.

The Huntington division will be split among Atlanta, Baltimore, Florence, Great Lakes and Louisville divisions.

CSX says its coal revenues have declined $1.4 billion over the last four years.

The release says the move follows other coalfields changes, including the reduction of train operations at Erwin, Tennessee, and the closing of mechanical shops at Corbin, Kentucky.

Trains will still run through the Huntington area. Other regional facilities, including Huntington’s locomotive shop, will continue operating.

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