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Norfolk Southern recruiting for 1,900 additional positions

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Poised to add 1,900 more employees this year, Virginia-based railroad giant Norfolk Southern Corp. will hold a recruitment session May 31 at the Wildwood Conference Center on HACC Drive in Harrisburg.

Norfolk Southern, which has a significant midstate presence, is seeking applicants to fill about a dozen diesel mechanic and electrician positions at its Enola locomotive shop, said company spokesman Dave Pidgeon.

The company has seen growing demand for freight rail service, he said. It reported a 6 percent increase in operating revenue for the first quarter of 2012. General merchandise revenue jumped 13 percent compared with the same year-ago quarter, while intermodal revenue improved 9 percent.

Norfolk Southern has hired more than 900 people since January.

On the construction side, the railroad's Franklin County intermodal terminal is expected to open by the end of 2012, Pidgeon said. The project's budget is $97 million. Norfolk Southern is receiving about $45 million from the commonwealth to help cover the cost.

When completed, the facility will have the capability to handle 85,000 annual trailer lifts, Pidgeon said.

In April, the company began construction of an operational expansion project at its Harrisburg intermodal facility. That project is slated to cost $28 million and will add 448 parking spots and 5,300 feet of track, Pidgeon said.

Norfolk Southern also is proceeding with plans to expand operations at its Rutherford facility in Swatara Township. The $60.5 million project is in the planning phase, Pidgeon said.

The railroad operator trades its stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol NSC.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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