WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) - With railroad traffic slowed by the
ailing economy, Virginia-based Norfolk Southern Corp. has laid off
13 employees at its rail yard in Williamson.
Spokesman Robin Chapman said Monday the workers will be
indefinitely furloughed starting at the end of the month.
The 13 employees work in the mechanical department at the Mingo
County facility, repairing and maintaining railroad cars. There are
now about 79 employees left in that department at the yard.
Chapman says the company hopes to be able to rehire the workers
once the economy picks up.
Richmond, Va.-based Norfolk Southern operates approximately
21,000 miles of tracks in Virginia, West Virginia, the District of
Columbia and 20 other states.
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