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More furloughs announced at Norfolk Southern in Roanoke

January 7, 2020 GMT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Another round of furloughs is impacting Norfolk Southern Corp. employees in Roanoke.

A company spokesperson told TV station WDBJ its mechanical department announced furloughs Monday for fewer than 70 employees in Roanoke, and said the furloughs are “consistent with the railroad’s organizational realignment and current business levels.”

This most recent round of furloughs comes after about 130 in September and about 45 in April.

The company says furloughed employees may have the chance to apply for positions elsewhere.

The Norfolk-based railroad is in the process of building a new headquarters in Atlanta.