Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) trucking company and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., announced the grand opening of its new Central Texas service center in Robinson. The facility will serve as the local hub from which the company will provide daily freight services for commercial and industrial businesses in the greater metropolitan regions of Waco, Robinson and other Central Texas communities.
Replacing an existing 22-door service center in Waco, where the company operated for more than 25 years, the new $3.7 million facility boasts significantly expanded capacity with 48 freight-loading doors and an 18,870 square foot dock. The facility provides increased capacity, flexibility and operating efficiencies and will enable better service for the hundreds of Central Texas businesses the company serves within a 100-mile radius of the Greater Waco metropolitan area.
“We are proud to make this commitment to the Central Texas area, and invest in capacity and jobs that will allow us to better serve the needs of our customers in Robinson and the Greater Waco metro area,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, president, Con-way Freight. “The Central Texas market has experienced significant business growth over the past several years. We have been part of the Waco community for over 25 years, and we are excited to celebrate this major milestone for our employees here as well as our national network.”
Con-way Freight partnered with the developer, MDM Holdings; the Gummelt family, broker Jon Spelman, Pearson Construction and the city of Robinson to bring the new service center into operation. The team of Bill Thomas Designs, J&S Structural, Bob Curry Engineering and The Wallace Group led the architectural, engineering and construction planning efforts for the facility, for which Con-way Freight has signed a long-term lease.
With its expanded capacity, Con-way Freight expects to add 15 new jobs in the area and generate an annual payroll of more that $3.1 million into the local economy.
“We are extremely pleased that Robinson has been selected for this expanded freight operations center,” said Bryan Ferguson, mayor of the City of Robinson. “We embrace this opportunity to welcome Con-way Freight and the economic boost that is so important to the increased vitality of our local, regional and state economies that this business represents.”