Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway plans to hire 5,000 workers this year as part of a $5 billion investment in the railroad, the company’s new president and CEO, said this morning during an interview on CNBC.
Carl Ice, 57, who took over the CEO post from Matt Rose on Jan. 1, said the new jobs will be spread across the railroad’s network but that the biggest number will be members of train crews being added to serve its growing business.
The company is also adding 500 locomotives and recently announced plans to purchase 5,000 next-generation tank cars to haul crude oil from fields such as the Bakken Shale.
Ice told the business news network that the capital investment plan, $1 billion more than it spent in 2013, is an unprecendented level.
The hiring will include about 2,000 new jobs, with the rest replacing people who are retiring, said spokesman Steven Forsberg. BNSF has more than 41,000 employees, with about 3,500 in the Fort Worth area, including its headquarters complex located off Western Center Boulevard and a large intermodal shipping facility at Alliance.