It has been a long time coming, but development of the 120-acre Midwest Transportation Center is coming to fruition with the rapidly expanding Old Dominion Freight Line as its first occupant.
After three years of negotiating and reworking plans, developers for the transportation center have received the go-ahead and construction is underway with completion of the $3 million Old Dominion site, which is scheduled for completion by the end of the year or sometime during the first quarter of 2021. The truck terminal will occupy 250,000 square feet.
The Midwest Transportation Center is set between the Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific rail lines.
Located at 6824 77th Ave., it is bordered by 60th Street (Highway K) to the north. Highway 50 is located just a few blocks to the south and Highway 31 a few blocks to the east.
Old Dominion, a Thomasville, North Carolina-based freight transport company, is developing a 26-acre plot as part of a company expansion plan that will place more regional sites in the Midwest. Patrick Budd, a spokesman for the company, said they have opened 10 trucking centers this year in the Midwest North region. Others in the region are in University Park, Ill. (a south Chicago suburb), Rock Island, Ill. and in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The company said it added nine service centers in new and existing markets during the first half of 2020 to solidify its presence in the United States. It currently has 238 service centers. Old Dominion describes itself as a less-than-truckload carrier.
“Even during an unprecedented time, we will continue to invest in our network and look for additional ways to improve our operations,” said Chip Overbey, Old Dominion’s senior vice president of strategic planning. “Our goal is to build capacity to win market share, while shortening response time and transit times. Our investments align with our long-term strategic plan of investing in our business.”
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