Freightliner building parts, service and sales center

30 new jobs expected

September 10, 2012|BY ARNOLD S. PLATOU |
  • Drawing of Freightliner's new parts, service and sales center at at 16777 Halfway Blvd. in Hagerstown.
Submitted drawing by MSB Architects

HAGERSTOWN — The Freightliner truck dealership near Hagerstown is going to build a new parts, service and sales center in Hagerstown, and will hire about 30 more employees after it opens next summer, an official said Monday.

Work on the new center, which will cost “between $7 (million) and $8 million,” will begin Sept. 18 with a groundbreaking ceremony on the nine-acre tract the company bought at 16777 Halfway Blvd., Service Director Daniel Stine said.

With 65,000 square feet, the new center will be much larger than the current site the dealership leases at 11611 Hopewell Road, Stine said. It has about 19,000 square feet, he said.

“We’re going to keep this (current center) running also,” even after the new center opens in about June 2013, he said. The two buildings will be less than a quarter-mile apart, he said.

Stine said it is likely that after the new dealership center opens, its current location along Hopewell Road will become a body shop for working on large- and medium-duty trucks. But, he said, that decision isn’t firm yet.

The Hagerstown dealership has 52 employees, Stine said. All except one are full time, he said.

“We’re looking to probably add 30 more jobs” in all three areas of truck repair, parts sales, and new and used truck sales, Stine said.

All of the new employees would be full time, he said. Salaries for most of them would range from $30,000 to $50,000 a year, he said.

Stine said the dealership’s business has been strong in all of its parts, sales and service divisions, despite the recession.

“We have a good business here and we need the space. We want a nice facility for our employees. It’s a good time to build,” he said.

“Our business has been strong. We work hard to make sure our business is strong. We try not to participate in the downturn,” he said.

After more stringent emissions regulations were adopted for new trucks a few years ago, Stine said, many truckers kept their old vehicles running longer.

“But (by) this year, they’ve held onto them long enough. People are buying,” he said.

The dealership is among eight owned by Transteck Inc., Stine said. Six of them are in Pennsylvania — in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, York, Latrobe and Altoona — and one is in Bridgeport, N.J., he said.

Morgan-Keller Construction has been hired to build the new dealership, the contractor said in a press release Monday.

The new building “will be a bigger facility, have more bays, be more efficient from the standpoint of repairing trucks, (thus having) less downtime for the customer,” Stine said. “We’ll have more space to get their trucks through the shop.”

Part of the new building will have a second level, providing space for a training room and a drivers’ lounge, he said.

The dealership opened in Washington County about 12 years ago, Stine said. It services Class 3 and above tractors and trailers, box trucks and motor homes, according to Sales Manager Scott Shoemaker.

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