Union Pacific Laying Off Staff In Arkansas Because Of Virus Outbreak

May 1, 2020

Union Pacific's Jenks Locomotive Facility in North Little Rock, seen here on Oct. 10, 2012, is the largest of its kind for the railroad, overseeing maintenance of about 7,000 locomotives. Most of the 1,100 employees who work there will be laid off because of slow business for the railroad, a spokeswoman said.
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A company representative says Union Pacific Corp. is furloughing most of the staff at its facility in North Little Rock that repairs the railroad’s locomotives after seeing a substantial drop in business volume because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kristen South is the Nebraska-based railroad's senior director for corporate communications and media relations. She declined to specify how many people were laid off but said employees on Thursday started receiving notifications regarding the Jenks Locomotive Facility’s temporary closure.

South added that the company will reevaluate fiscal conditions during the week of May 18 to determine if the facility can resume operations June 1.