CSX and North Baltimore Celebrate
At a formal groundbreaking August 14, Governor Ted Strickland, Wood County Commissioners, elected officials and guests from Henry Township and the Village of North Baltimore all gathered to celebrate the start of a new intermodal facility. CSX is building the facility in North Baltimore as the Midwest hub of their National Gateway rail project. According to CSX projections, the terminal will handle 25 trains per day and move 630,000 containers and trailers per year. The terminal will include 23 miles of track in 185 acres and employ 200 in permanent positions. If auxiliary businesses spring up as CSX anticipates, up to 2600 jobs could be coming to the area. The facility is expected to be open in 2011.
Kathy Healy, administrator of the Village of North Baltimore, said that the groundbreaking is something positive for the village. “The Village of North Baltimore is very excited about the construction of the new CSX intermodal facility in Henry Township. There has been a renewed interest in all that we have to offer here in southern Wood County. We are looking forward to new jobs, new businesses and new partnerships for economic growth.”
Speakers at the groundbreaking included CSX Chairman, President and CEO Michael Ward; Congressman Bob Latta, State Representative Randy Gardner, and State Senator Mark Wagoner, Jr.
From left: Bill Cameron, council member, and Kathy Healy,
administrator, Village of North Baltimore, with Ohio Governor
Ted Strickland at the groundbreaking of the new CSX intermodal
facility, part of the National Gateway project.