For over 200 years, CSX has been a critical part of the world’s supply chain. By focusing on the efficient movement of goods via rail and intermodal services, they have grown into a Fortune 500 company that connects major markets and industrial centers and serves some of the largest corporations in the world.
Jacksonville has been of strategic importance throughout CSX’s history as it evolved through the merging of several smaller railroads. The modern CSX was formed in 1980 through the merger of the Chessie System and Seaboard Coast Line Industries and the company’s name is derived from those initials. CSX moved its headquarters to downtown Jacksonville from Richmond, Virginia, in 2003 — today it serves as the nerve center for the company’s administrative and strategic functions, employing around 5,500 people in the Jacksonville region.
“Jacksonville has been important to CSX for talent attraction and development,” said Sean Pelkey, executive vice president and chief financial officer of CSX. “As our headquarters and the center of our functional operations, we hire at all experience and education levels, so the region’s proximity to great universities as well as a strong primary education system creates a natural draw that helps us excel.”
CSX is highly committed to serving both the Jacksonville community and its operations across the country. Their Pride In Service program focuses on supporting veterans and first responders and partners with some of the nation’s leading organizations such as Blue Star Families, Operation Homefront, The First Responders Children’s Foundation, Operation Gratitude and Wounded Warrior Project. Nearly 1 in 5 of the 22,000+ employees of CSX are either a veteran, a reservist or a first responder.
“The future for CSX is bright and we believe it is bright for Jacksonville as well,” added Pelkey. “The growth prospects for both are exciting because we are working in concert to create a global supply chain that increases efficiency, lowers risk and leverages technology – all areas where being in Northeast Florida adds value.”