CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Old Dominion Freight Line is a national shipping company that recently built a new service center in Central Point. The company said their business is growing in Southern Oregon and Northern California. They built the new $5.5 million facility to keep up with that demand.
Business in the region has grown 20 percent per year, for seven years straight, according to manager George LaValley. This is why Old Dominion decided to build a bigger facility. The new facility has room for more than 40 trucks to be loaded at once. It also has an on-site fueling station and truck weigh scale.
Old Dominion focuses on less than truck load shipping. That means they ship freight that's smaller in size. Local drivers deliver anything from groceries to tires. Those shipments to go big chains, such as Home Depot, and local stories, such as the Grange Co-op. LaValley said they've delivered to most stores in the area.
"I know there's an old cliche saying if you got it, a truck brought it," said LaValley. "But it's so true. Everything in your house, everything in this business was brought by a truck, a vehicle."
Old Dominion in Central Point now has ten drivers for Southern Oregon and Northern California. A couple of years ago, they only had three drivers for the local area. This is a testament to how much business has grown in the region, said LaValley. About 50 trucks stop by the Central Point facility each day as they make deliveries along I-5.
Connecting with the community
Old Dominion is a national shipping company, but the local Central Point branch makes it a point to get to know the local community, said sales specialist Travis Henson.
The company's freight trucks deliver products to and from local businesses, but many of those businesses don't get to see Old Dominion's facilities in person. Old Dominion wants to change that today. They are holding an open house for their local customers.
Customers will get a tour around this brand new facility. They will also get to see how their products are loaded into trucks. There will be catered lunch and different Old Dominion goodies, such as hats and mugs, that will be handed out.
Some of Old Dominion's local customers include TerraMai and Rogue Valley Door, which made cornhole boards for today's open house.
This open house will help show customers that Old Dominion is prepared to grow for the future, said Henson.
"We were literally at capacity at our old facility," said Henson. "This is now affording us to look into the future and service our customers as the valley grows."
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