Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rail Freight Groups Praised For Action on Forces Jobs

Two Transport Groups Make the Top Ten
Shipping News Feature

US – It may not seem a matter of great import to the rest of the world but the current conflicts in which the country is involved have turned public attention to the welfare of their service personnel even after they have left the armed forces, particularly as many may be carrying various disabilities for their trouble. Every year since 2006 G.I. Jobs has published a list of the companies which have proved most friendly to the returning forces and once again the freight and logistics industry are well represented.

Two companies from the commercial transport sector made the top ten this year and both of them are rail freight specialists. As last year the CSX Corporation again made third on the list, the highest placed transport company, closely followed by Warren Buffett’s BNSF Railway group. Michael Ward, CSX chairman, president and chief executive officer commented:

"Hiring veterans is both an honour and a patriotic duty for CSX, and something we are committed to continuing. Our military veterans prove themselves exceptional employees, and their hard work helps us to continue delivering quality service to our customers."

CSX say that the leadership, critical thinking, technical and problem solving skills which veterans bring to their company often prove invaluable, so much so that nearly one in five employees at the group are ex military personnel. CSX also includes the military as a valued customer serving more military installations than any other Class I Railroad.

Earlier this year, CSX was also one of 15 recipients, and the only two-time recipient, of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, chosen from more than 4,000 applicants. This award recognizes employers that support active duty reservist employees.

Photo: A training day at CSX Atlanta Courtesy of the Blarney Crone