Norfolk, Virginia-based Norfolk Southern Railway, a Tier-1 freight railroad, has announced the layoffs of 230 workers in their two locomotive repair facilities in Roanoke, Virginia, including 80 employees from their East End Shop and 50 from their Shaffer’s Crossing Shop and another 100 employees in the company’s Juniata Locomotive facility in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
According to a Norfolk Southern spokesperson, “In today’s rapidly changing environment, Norfolk Southern continues to focus on ensuring that we have the optimal number of people and assets at every location across our system in order to operate safely and efficiently. As we execute our new strategic plan, we expect that targeted hiring and furloughing will remain components of our operating model. Today, that entailed the furlough of approximately 130 employees in Roanoke, Virginia. Consistent with our strategic plan and current business levels, our ability to streamline operations and use fewer locomotives has required the difficult but necessary decision to reduce our locomotive mechanical forces due to the decreased demand for locomotive repair. Norfolk Southern will continue to evaluate staffing needs as our business evolves.” A similar statement was issued confirming the layoffs in Altoona. This is the second layoff at Juniata Locomotive facility after 50 employees were laid off in May, 2019.
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