JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CSX (NYSE: CSX) today announced the appointment of Kellen Riley as its South Carolina Industrial Development Manager. In this role, Riley will be responsible for managing existing customer partnerships, helping to locate rail-served industries along the CSX network in South Carolina and identifying new development sites throughout the state.
"We're thrilled to have Kellen on board to help drive industry development and customer investment in the state of South Carolina," said Clark Robertson, Assistant Vice President, Regional Development at CSX. "Kellen's enthusiasm and familiarity with South Carolina's business environment will broaden our footprint in the state while contributing to ongoing economic development activities."
Riley is part of the CSX Regional Development Team, which works to assist firms interested in locating rail-served sites on CSX's broad network as well as converting potential customers to rail service by demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of moving freight by rail. The team helps customers expand and target new markets, providing new opportunities for businesses and creating economic value for communities throughout CSX's network.
In the past five years, CSX and its customers invested more than $14 billion in rail-served facilities, establishing more than 14,000 jobs at industrial plants, distribution centers and other facilities. In 2013 alone, the Regional Development team helped develop 121 new and expanded facilities, generating more than $3 billion in capital investment from customers while creating 1,600 new jobs in their local communities.
Riley first joined CSX in 2010, as part of the New Business Development team, overseeing the expansion of CSX's petroleum, plastics, phosphates and fertilizers business. He received his Bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of South Carolina.
"I'm excited to join Regional Development and look forward to partnering with others to help locate new business to the state," said Kellen Riley. "South Carolina has clearly demonstrated significant success attracting new industry, and I look forward to helping CSX to build on that momentum."
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