The Jackson County headquarters of Stella-Jones Inc., formerly known as Burke-Parsons-Bowlby, is relocating to Pittsburgh this fall.

Twenty-six employees at the company's Fairplain office will have an option to bid on positions at the new corporate location, says Doug Fox, senior vice president.

The Canadian-owned treated wood company constructed a new office building in Fairplain after acquiring the Burke Parsons Bowlby Corp.

Fox said the decision to move the headquarters to Pennsylvania came after Stella-Jones purchased Pittsburgh-based Tangent Rail Corp. for $165 million in April.

Last August, 27 of 43 employees at Stella-Jones, formerly Burke-Parsons-Bowlby at Billings, Roane County, received permanent pink slips.

Employees in the Jackson County office were notified of the latest decision on June 22. The office will close on September 30.

The Stella-Jones wood treatment facility in Roane County continues to operate with reduced workers.

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