CSX terminal forecast to be a jobs magnet

BOWLING GREEN - While a planned CSX Transportation rail terminal near North Baltimore, Ohio, will employ only about 100 people, thousands more jobs will arrive when transportation-oriented businesses locate nearby, railroad representatives said yesterday during a briefing for Wood County and local officials.

And though CSX has asked Ohio and other states along its tracks to help pay for the cost of improving bridge and tunnel clearances between Ohio and several East Coast ports, the railroad representatives said the North Baltimore project will be built even if that bridge and tunnel work isn't done.

"We are building a terminal there," Rusty Orben, CSX's director of public affairs for Ohio, said of the 500 acres a CSX affiliate has purchased on the north side of State Rt. 18 between North Baltimore and Hoytville, Ohio, most of it in Henry Township.

"This will benefit not just Wood County, but Lucas County, Hancock County, and all of northwest Ohio," said Tom Blaha, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission.

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