The CSX Intermodal Hub has the potential of delivering a tremendous economic boost to Johnston County. The state-of-the-art project is expected to provide as many as 1,500 statewide jobs, 300 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs at the terminal. It will be a $250 million investment and represents the new wave in commercial transportation.
We acknowledge that the project has been a challenging situation for many. However, the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce and other chambers in the county continue to vigorously support the CSX project.
We need these jobs. This area has lost over 6,000 manufacturing jobs in the past 20 years. The towns on the I-95 corridor are now the poorest in Johnston County, with median household income only 50 percent to 60 percent of the county average.
The hub jobs will pay two to three times the county average, and additional jobs will be created with major distributors wanting to locate nearby.
We welcome a national transportation company in CSX that will provide economic stability for many years to come, that can help Johnston County become a transportation and logistics center for North Carolina and that invests heavily in the communities it serves.
President, Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce