NS to Close Central Division HQ in Knoxville

Norfolk Southern said this week that it will parcel out the Central Division headquarters operations in Knoxville, Tennessee, into three surrounding divisions.

The changes, expected to take effect on or about Nov. 1, will reduce the number of operating divisions from 10 to nine.

In a news release, NS said that dispatching responsibilities now handled from the Central Division, which includes track primarily in Tennessee and Kentucky, will be divided among operating divisions headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama; Decatur, Illinois; and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Affected will be 50 employees who work at the Central Division headquarters in management, dispatching, and clerical positions.

NS said dispatchers will have the opportunity to transfer to one of the other three divisions or apply for vacancies across the system. Administrative and clerical employees will be offered opportunities to apply for vacant positions elsewhere.

Current yard and field operations on the Central Division will not be affected by the changes but will be reassigned among the other three divisions.

After the operating changes are made, NS will employ more than 250 in Knoxville.

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