CSX Intermodal moving office from Hunt Valley

September 08, 1995|By Suzanne Wooton | Suzanne Wooton,Sun Staff Writer

Another article yesterday incorrectly reported the number of positions being lost at CSX Intermodal in Hunt Valley as a result of restructuring. The number of positions being cut at Hunt Valley is 25, part of a system-wide reduction of approximately 200.

The Sun regrets the errors.

CSX Intermodal will shift its headquarters from Hunt Valley to Jacksonville, Fla., next year as part of a companywide restructuring that has already meant the loss of nearly 150 positions here.

In a letter to employees on Wednesday, M. McNeil Porter, the company's president, confirmed the long-anticipated shift to Jacksonville. He said the move will consolidate the company's commercial, operational and financial systems, and will result in improved service to customers.

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"Our move to Jacksonville will save substantial amounts of money over the long term," Mr. Porter wrote in the letter.

But the shift, scheduled in the second half of 1996, will leave Baltimore, once a major transportation center, with virtually no // presence in CSX's corporate structure.

In recent years, Maryland has lost a number of companies.

"The impact for those who lose their jobs or are dislocated is very serious," said Chuck Porcari, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. "But it reflects the demands of the corporate world. This is not anything that is specific to any state. It happens all over the nation every day."

The Hunt Valley office, which employs about 100 people -- including senior executives, management and administrative personnel -- is the executive headquarters for the intermodal company, which is a unit of CSX Corp., the transportation giant based in Richmond, Va.

The consolidation of offices in Jacksonville is part of a company-wide cutback that includes a 12 percent reduction in its work force. Most of the 150 jobs eliminated at Hunt Valley earlier this summer were either vacant or held by temporary employees, according to company spokesman Dan Murphy.

Mr. Porter said a series of meetings will be conducted during September and October for employees.

"We would like to accommodate everyone in a reasonable manner and make the transition as smooth as possible, whether it involves relocation to Jacksonville or a separation from the company," he wrote.

According to Mr. Murphy, CSX Intermodal's Container Transfer Facility at Baltimore's Seagirt Marine Terminal, which employs about 50 people, will not be affected by any cuts. The facility handles movement of containers off and on ships from trucks and trains.

CSX Intermodal, formed in late 1987 and moved from downtown Baltimore to Hunt Valley seven months later, had steady employment growth. Besides its executive headquarters in Hunt Valley, the company has key operations in Mount Laurel, N.J., and in Jacksonville, where CSX Transportation is based.

Overall, the intermodal company employs about 1,700 workers. CSX Intermodal's business declined 10 percent through the first half of 1995 largely because of competition from the trucking industry.

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