Joe Henrix Named CSX Rail CEO As Rail Strike Negotiations End

Joe Heinrich, former CEO of Ford Motor Company, will take over the role on September 26 as CEO of CSX, the third largest railroad in the United States with 23,000 miles of rail that transports everything from automobiles to construction, agriculture, consumer and energy products.

Hinrichs, contacted by Free Press on Thursday within hours after the announcement, expressed relief that a possible strike in the rail industry had been averted in the past 24 hours through intense negotiations between union leaders and rail companies. A shutdown of 115,000 workers could have crippled the auto industry, and that possibility dominated the debate during President Joe Biden’s visit to the Detroit Auto Show on Wednesday.

“I think this week we were reminded of how important the rail industry is to our economy and our country, with the potential for business to stop,” Heinrichs said. “You look at the rail industry: It’s been almost two centuries. I think people tend to take rail for granted, maybe not this week but in general. It’s a backbone.”

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