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Truck terminal being built along interstate

June 02, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

STATE LINE, Pa. - Construction of Conway Transportation Services' 70,000-square-foot truck terminal on Mason-Dixon Road is under way.

The terminal will add loading dock capacity to keep up with the national trucking company's growth, a Conway spokesman said Tuesday.

Ned Moritz, vice president of marketing at Conway's corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., said the company leases a facility next to the site of the building under construction.

"We're a growing company, a survivor in the industry," Moritz said. "Our first quarter growth was up between 12 percent and 15 percent."

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Conway has operated its terminal in State Line since the mid-1990s, he said. The facility is a freight hub for Conway trucks passing between Baltimore and local and distant points. The company's trucks haul general merchandise, Moritz said.

There are 78 similar terminals in Conway's network. The company has more than 440 facilities across the United States and Canada, he said.

The number of loading docks in State Line will go from 119 in the leased building to 165 when the new facility opens, Moritz said. The leased space covered nine acres. The company bought 30 acres next door for its new terminal, he said.

Ben Thomas, an Antrim Township administrator, said the zoning is "perfect" for a facility of its type since it's right off Exit 1 on Interstate 81.

Office space in the new terminal will cover 4,900 square feet, Moritz said.

The existing terminal has about 130 employees. Moritz said employment will increase when the new terminal opens, but he didn't yet know by how much.

Conway is owned by CNF, a holding company with total sales last year of $5.5 billion, Moritz said. Conway's sales for the period were $2.2 billion.

Conway owns its own trucks, and all of its drivers are company employees.

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