CSX Ignores Coal, Strengthens Local Ties at Convention
The splattering of donations across very different states and to Democrats and Republicans alike, suggests CSX, like any company, wants to maintain dependable relationships wherever it does business.
But the Jacksonville, Fla.-based corporation has also offered to help Tampa's security force.
Sease walked over to a first responders pavilion, which he said is the only locale for Tampa's massive security force to grab a decent meal and refreshment during their extended hours on the job. CSX sponsors the pavilion.
Sease pointed out that the company views its relationships with local law enforcement communities up and down the Eastern seaboard as crucial, and that to simply fund the first responder tent here in Tampa is an easy way to say thanks to security forces and the city -- Tampa is one of CSX's biggest shipping hubs.
When you consider the fact that these massive trains lumber across the rails at just 49 mph with expensive freight, it may make sense to have a favorable police force wherever the train is traveling.
Being a Florida-based company, Sease said that it made sense for largest Class I railroad company in the region to come out and show support for the state's first convention in 40 years.
The company intends to take its passenger trains back to Jacksonville at the end of the week, but will immediately turn around next week to head to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
While Republicans and Democrats squabble over the viability of coal as an energy resource, CSX will continue to do what businesses do: build on its relationships.
-- Written by Joe Deaux in Tampa, Fla.
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