HAMLET —CSX continues its work with Richmond County as it opens up another facility in Hamlet.
Representatives of the county and CSX officials gathered Friday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate for the new CSX facility, located off of Sheppard Road in Hamlet.
The new facility is going to be used to design and build railroad turnouts for CSX. Turnouts are mechanical installations enabling trains to be guided from one tract to another. This facility is 45,000 square feet with 3,000 square feet for new office space. CSX invested approximately $8 million for the new building.
Kenneth Robinette, chairman of Richmond County Board of Commissioners, said that “CSX has had a rich history here in Hamlet and in Richmond County. It started here in 1954, and it has been one of the cornerstone industries here in Richmond County. A lot of the existing industries here are due to CSX.”
The fact that CSX is continuing to grow and improve its facilities here in Richmond County shows their dedication to the area, Robinette said.
“It provides jobs for the area,” Robinette said.
Mike Pendergrass, vice president of the southern legion transportation, was the keynote speaker for the event.
The facility was expected to be finished in January, but Pendergrass was grateful to all the agencies that worked together in order to bring it together so quickly.
“Without the cooperation of all those involved, this would not have happened,” Pendergrass said.
The new facility created approximately 15 new jobs.
“Engineers at this facility cannot be displaced by outside seniority,” Pendergrass said. “I want this to be a special day for those working here because it is very rare for someone to start a career in a brand new facility such as this. It is terribly important for those working here, and those working for CSX, to work closely together.”
CSX has been a part of Richmond County since 1954. In 2012, CSX invested more than $63.5 million in its North Carolina network. The company also employs more than 1,000 people in the state. In addition to Hamlet, there is also a major rail yard in Rocky Mount, an Intermodal terminal in Charlotte and two TRANSFLO terminals in Charlotte, as well as facilities in Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.