The Watch Dog response: Some folk b. & complain because they don’t want to see Rocky Mount grow simply because of the current council.
The tracks have been switched to on again for the on-again, off-again CSX terminal in Edgecombe County.
A new intermodal transportation facility will be built to help industry get products to customers and spur growth in the region, officials with the state Department of Transportation announced Thursday.
“We are very excited to hear of CSX’s announcement today,” said Edgecombe County Manager Eric Evans. “The project itself will be a tremendous boost to our economy, and it will also be a major attraction for other businesses to locate here in our region.”
Evans said the new facility will be built across from N.C. Wesleyan College on land already purchased by CSX.
“It is the same property, just a smaller footprint for the facility,” Evans said.
The newly envisioned 330-acre site will be a traditional intermodal site allowing trucks to bring cargo containers to a rail yard where the containers will be transferred to trains for transport. The facility will serve many industries with efficient access to rail, said Carolinas Gateway Partnership CEO and President Norris Tolson. (Read more)
The Watch Dog response: This is sad and sad! Enough said!
The sudden death of CSX’s top executive most likely will not mean a reversal of course for the railroad giant’s derailed $270 million train hub in Rocky Mount.
Hunter Harrison died Saturday “due to unexpectedly severe complications from a recent illness,” according to a statement from CSX. The 73-year-old executive had taken a medical leave of absence Thursday sending company shares tumbling as much as 10 percent on the Nasdaq.
Interim CEO Jim Foote said the company would honor Harrison’s legacy by staying focused on his business plan of moving away from intermodal terminals.
That is bad news for Rocky Mount. Construction of the Carolina Connector, a trains-to-truck terminal on U.S 301 across from Wesleyan College, that was set to begin next month. Building the facility would have created up to 300 short-term jobs. Once operational, the hub would provide more than 300 direct, long-term jobs with average annual salaries of more than $60,000. Over time, the hub was expected to produce more than 1,500 jobs statewide, while attracting new businesses to the area and pumping an estimated $125 million into the state economy. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
The Watch Dog response: Condolences goes out to the Harrison family and the CSX family.
CSX Corporation today issued the following statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce that E. Hunter Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of CSX, died today in Wellington, Fla., due to unexpectedly severe complications from a recent illness. The entire CSX family mourns this loss. On behalf of our Board of Directors, management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to Hunter’s family. Hunter was a larger-than-life figure who brought his remarkable passion, experience and energy in railroading to CSX.”
Edward J. Kelly III, Chairman of the CSX Board of Directors, issued the following statement on behalf of the Board of Directors: “With the passing of Hunter Harrison, CSX has suffered a major loss. Notwithstanding that loss, the Board is confident that Jim Foote, as acting Chief Executive Officer, and the rest of the CSX team will capitalize on the changes that Hunter has made. The Board will continue to consider in a deliberative way how best to maximize CSX’s performance over the long term.”
The Watch Dog response: This is going to be a great thing for Rocky Mount. This will be located right near where I work now.
Representatives from CSX are urging residents in the Twin Counties to come and find out more information about the Carolina Connector Intermodal Terminal.
An open house to share updates on the development of the transformational state-of-the-art terminal will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Imperial Centre.
Kristin Seay, CSX corporate communications manager, said the success of the project requires ongoing and close collaboration between CSX and the Rocky Mount community. The open house is an opportunity to help people understand the phases of the development process and what kinds of activities they can expect to see as well as what is taking place behind the scenes.
“Community members will have the opportunity to talk directly with CSX representatives about topics like terminal design, the development process, types of jobs at CSX and CSX’s community partnerships,” Seay said. “We value opportunities to get to know our neighbors in an informal setting where we can hear their thoughts and answer their questions.”
Announced in July, the $270 million infrastructure is planned to serve as a major transportation hub in the Southeast and a catalyst for substantial economic growth throughout the state. Seay said the estimated timeline is to begin construction of the terminal in mid-2018 and the target date to begin operations is December 2019.
“The CCX will be among the cleanest, most efficient terminals in the country equipped with the most advanced, sustainable technology and environmentally friendly equipment to reduce emissions, noise and light,” Seay said. “The terminal design will incorporate electric wide-span cranes that are almost silent, directional lighting that reduces light on the surrounding area at night, an automated gate system that enhances truck throughput and numerous other cutting-edge, energy-efficient technologies.” (Read more)
CSX Community Meeting
There will be a Community Meeting with CSX on Wednesday, July 27 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Edgecombe County Administration Building, 201 St. Andrew Street, Tarboro, NC
Thank you Commissioner Viola Harris for the invite
From the Facebook page of Commissioner Jonathan Felton
I wanted to let everyone know what a great thing it is that the new CSX Hub Terminal is going to be located in Edgecombe County. The jobs are going to be high paying and will fit well with our available labor supply. Average salaries will be approximately 60,000. Let me assure you that South Carolina did not turn the Terminal down. According to Gpvernor McCrory they were the last competition that we had to defeat and Governor Haley was very upset that they did not land it.The reason I mention this is what happened is because I heard a rumor to the effect that was the case. Believe me, that was definitely not true! The people who turned it down was Johnson County. The Commissioners there had a ground swell of opposition to the plan because they were going to take a great number of homes from folks who did not want that to happen. We were fortunate to have Norris Tolson start to work as our Industrial Developer about the time of the Johnson County rejection. He thought it was a perfect fit for us and immediately began to work on landing it. He started putting options for land together (approx. 750 acres) to build it on. Norris is one of the smartest people I have ever known. He has put this all together since January. Its almost inconceivable that he could land a project this fast, but he did. CSX is going to employ about 300 permanent, full time employees once the facility is operational. They will also hire approximately 700 for construction. Our Governor says it will mean 1500 jobs state-wide.NOW FOR THE REALLY GOOD NEWS: We believe this is only the beginning of the turn around for Edgecombe County. We have approximately 1500 acres in Kingsboro (Hiway 64) that we have controlled with options for a good while. We have been really close a few time to landing a game changing industry at Kingsboro. We believe that the new freight hub will be the catalyst for tremendous development beginning soon. Norris told me he has already had inquiories since the CSX announcement!. We think this is the beginning of the turn around for our County that we have all worked and prayed for so long. I personally thank you, the tax payers for giving us the support and time to make this happen. I truly believe that all good things happen in God’s own time. And I know he has watched over us all this time. Our citizens deserve the same education, job opportunity and family life as the rest of North Carolina and I thank God Almighty
Rocky Mount, N.C. — After months of discussion and debate, CSX announced Tuesday that it will build its massive Carolina Connector cargo terminal in Edgecombe County.
The $270 million hub, which is expected to open in 2020, will be built across U.S. Highway 301 from North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount. Officials anticipate 300 permanent jobs at the site, as well as 250 to 300 construction jobs.
“The Carolina Connector will be a game-changer for our state’s economy, supporting North Carolina’s agriculture, ports and position as the Southeast’s No. 1 state for manufacturing jobs,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in announcing the project. (Rocky Mount Telegram)