All indications point to a decision by CSX to give up on its plans to locate a hub in Johnston County. Truth to tell, they really only have themselves to blame. Company officials told many of the impacted landowners they were interested in their property on the same day they made a public announcement of their plans.
It’s too bad they were so much like a bull in a china shop. The CSX deal would have been an economic development boon for Johnston County, creating jobs and adding significantly to the tax base, especially as other companies establish operations near the hub.
CSX could have done themselves a big favor by softening the public relations ground in front of them instead of acting like a corporate bully.