TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – BNSF is eliminating 28 jobs from its Topeka operations amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the company confirmed Wednesday.
The railroad said the layoffs are because of “changing business conditions and projected lower demand for rail cars to ship commodities.”
The railroad has notified the employees and offered transfers to other locations inside the company. BNSF said it’s helping connect the impacted employees with unemployment resources.
These employees will have the opportunity to come back to work when the company projects that demands for shipping have changed.
These furloughs are part of a nationwide set of job cuts. But according to BNSF, the company hired 247 new employees in Topeka alone over the last three years.