Norfolk Southern announcement

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Norfolk Southern railway employs 1,000 people in Altoona, and has been a big industry in the community for decades.

Wednesday, Norfolk Southern announced they’re moving their headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia to Atlanta, Georgia.

A Vice President of the train company says this move will only help grow the company, moving forward.

Norfolk Southern has two locations in Altoona, including the Juanita Locomotive Shop.  That shop is the largest of it’s kind north America. 

The company has been a consistent job provider.

“My father worked for the railroad,” Leanna Irvin, Altoona Native, said.

“My father worked for the railroad, my Grandfather also,” Gigi Stahl, Altoona Native, said.

“We’re talking generations, six or seven generations,” Colin Lennox, Altoona Native, said.
These locals were wondering if the change of Norfolk Southern’s headquarters will impact jobs here.

“The decision to move our headquarters from Norfolk to Atlanta will have absolutely no impact on our operations in Blair County,” Rudy Husband, Resident Vice Resident for the Norfolk Southern Corporation, said.
Rudy Husband, a Vice President for Norfolk Southern Corporation, says this move will allow all administrative staff to be in one place.

“It’s gonna’ make us a much smoother company as far as operations go,” Husband said.

“It’s the main-stay of Altoona,” Stahl said.
Husband tells us they’re actually investing in the Juanita Locomotive shop, making it more energy-friendly. 

They’re spending more than 53 million dollars to change how the building is heated, replace roofs and windows.

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