JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – June 17, 2011– CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. contracted with two prominent Wood County organizations to prepare and train employees at the recently opened intermodal facility outside of North Baltimore.
Owens Community College provided a training curriculum for employees utilizing new state-of-the-art technology and equipment, while Wood County Hospital offered post-employment medical testing and screening.
“We are so fortunate to have such great local resources in Northwest Ohio,” said Peter Craig, terminal superintendent for CSX. “We are looking forward to continuing and building these valuable community partnerships.”
Owens developed the academic curriculum for the site. The training focuses on the operation of the wide span cranes and shuttle carriers, which will be used for the transfer of cargo onto trains and trucks. The five ultra-efficient, electric cranes stationed at the $175 million hub are each 10 stories in height, and can lift more than 40 tons of cargo.
“Owens Community College is thrilled to collaborate and assist in the launching of the Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal in North Baltimore,” said Dr. Michael Bankey, Owens Vice President of Workforce and Community Services. “The new terminal is a welcome addition to this region and will certainly play a key role in economic development and growth for years to come.”
Deb Busdeker, director of ReadyWorks, WCH’s occupational medicine service and Ed Wojciechowski, M.D., occupational medicine physician, visited the site to evaluate how individuals would function in their new positions. Through the use of the site’s innovative training simulator, Dr. Wojciechowski was able to evaluate how potential employees would perform various job-related tasks and gain a better understanding of work functions. Stan Korducki, president of Wood County Hospital, stated that post-offer employment testing at the hospital was convenient for the job candidates as well as CSX Intermodal Terminals.
Matt Dietrich, Executive Director of the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC), also lauded the agreements. “This was a great arrangement for CSX Intermodal Terminals, Owens Community College and Wood County Hospital. Our goal at the ORDC is to facilitate railroad related growth and job creation, and the new intermodal terminal in Northwest Ohio is a great example of local partnership to achieve these goals.”
The Northwest Ohio Terminal is the cornerstone of the National Gateway, a new double-stack freight rail corridor between East Coast sea ports and the Midwest. The new facility employs more than 200 full-time employees, and will serve as the transfer point for hundreds of thousands of freight containers annually.
The National Gateway is a public-private partnership which supports the movement of double-stacked intermodal containers on rail cars by raising bridges, increasing tunnel clearances and building new terminals along existing rail routes. When complete, the National Gateway will benefit CSX customers by improving service reliability and transit times, reduce highway congestion, and enhance the environment by converting more than 14 billion highway miles to rail and decreasing fuel consumption by nearly 2 billion gallons.
To learn more about the National Gateway, visit www.nationalgateway.org.