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30 new jobs will result with opening of new Freightliner of Hagerstown building

June 01, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Larry Hufford, owner of Penn Freightliner/Transteck, Inc., fourth from right, cuts a ribbon at the new Freightliner facility on Halfway Boulevard Friday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

The opening of a new Freightliner of Hagerstown building will result in the addition of more than 30 jobs, the owner of the parent company and the truck dealership’s service manager said Friday.

Larry Hufford, owner of Transteck Inc., and Freightliner Service Manager Dan Stine were among those who attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the truck dealership’s new 65,000-square-foot building, which will open for business Monday.

The truck dealership at 16777 Halfway Blvd. currently has about 75 employees. That number eventually will increase to around 90 employees, Stine said.

Freightliner’s original facility at the intersection of Hopewell Road and Halfway Boulevard will become a body shop for trucks, with about 25 jobs to be added there.

“The opportunities that we see here in the Hagerstown-Washington County market are very bright,” Hufford said. “We will add jobs here.”

The project cost more than $8 million to complete, Hufford said.

When construction on the new facility began last September, Stine said the company had 52 employees.

Stine said the company needed the new facility due to its growth since 2001, when its dealership in Hagerstown was established with just 10 employees.

“Since 2001, our business doubled, then tripled, so we needed a space to repair trucks,” Stine said before the ceremony. “We wanted to take care of our customers and take care of our business.”

Bradley C. Guyton, president and chief executive officer of Morgan-Keller Construction, the company contracted to construct the new facility, described the features in the building, including space for truck repairs, part sales, new and used truck sales, a training facility and a trucker’s lounge.

“This facility is a gem that not only provides employment during construction, but also continued employment to the Freightliner team and their related partners,” he said.

The building also has an express lane to bring trucks through the shop faster, Stine said.

Some members of the Washington County Board of Commissioners attended the ceremony along with Julianna Albowicz, the local representative for U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski; Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington; and state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.

Terry L. Baker, president of the commissioners, presented Hufford with a certificate of appreciation from the commissioners.

“With what this company has done here, you’ve helped us decrease our unemployment rate in Washington County,” Baker said.

Albowicz presented the company with a senatorial certificate, and Parrott offered an official congratulatory citation from the Maryland General Assembly.

While he was reading the citation, Parrott commented on the sound of a tractor-trailer near the building.

“We’re going to get used to that sound in this area,” he said. “It’s a wonderful sound, and this is going to be full of trucks getting worked on.”

Transteck Inc. has Freightliner dealerships at eight locations, including six in Pennsylvania, one in Maryland and one in New Jersey, Hufford said.

Hufford said before the ceremony that the Hagerstown area is an “excellent” location for the dealership.

“I’ve had the dealership down here for going on 13 years now, and it’s always been a very high-performing dealership for us,” he said. “The junction of (Interstate) 70 and (Interstate) 81 and all the truck traffic, and especially the corridor from Harrisburg (Pa.) down to here, where there’s a huge expansion of distribution centers that are moving out of the northeast into this area, creates truck traffic.”

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