Corbin is a town with an identity built around the tracks that have carried goods in and out of the community for generations. But now, word is that one of those goods, coal, is losing some of its demand. Approximately 180 Corbin CSX employees will be out of work after three separate businesses were closed by the company. A release from CSX says the combination of low natural gas prices and regulatory action has “significantly decreased CSX’s coal movements over the past four years, with more than $1 billion in coal revenue declines during that time.”

CSX says they are closing their car and locomotive shops and locomotive service center. The rail yard will remain open, with 100 employees remaining to serve traffic. The release said all affected employees at Corbin will receive at least 60 days of pay and benefits. Union employees also may have other benefits available in accordance with their labor agreements. Many furloughed employees will be eligible for jobs in higher-demand areas on CSX’s network, the release said. FULL REPORT