By MIKE LEWIS
A. Duie Pyle’s move into the Crossroads Business Journal’s region is just one step in the company’s expansion plan.
The firm, based in West Chester, Pa., has leased space for a service center off Interstate 81 near Hagerstown. It also announced plans to build a new integrated logistics center off I-81 in Franklin County, Pa., by 2020.
The company is looking to expand into Virginia sometime in 2020, according to John Luciani, Pyle’s chief operating officer of Less-Than-Truckload services.
“We make long-term decisions,” Luciani said, describing I-81 as “great infrastructure” for the transportation company.
The Hagerstown operation, he said, helps the company “put a stake in the ground” as it looks to build its reach and capacity. The company has served customers in the region for years, he added.
On its website, the company bills itself as “the Northeast’s premier transportation and logistics provider offering award-winning Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) service and extended coverage through established partnerships into the Southeast, Midwest and Canada.”
The company operates 23 LTL service enters, including the Hagerstown operation, and four truckload service centers, as well as 10 warehouse facilities comprised of more than 2.2 million square feet of space.
Luciani said the company’s general reach stretches from Baltimore to Bangor, Maine, to Cleveland. With the aid of some partners, coverage extends into Canada.
The leased Hagerstown facility is a 21-door service center. Company officials have said they will close that operation and move to the new facility near Greencastle, Pa., once that building is completed.
“I expect we’ll break ground sometime this fall. … Hopefully we’ll be fully operational in the first quarter of 2020,” Luciani said.
“Greencastle’s the first step along the route” as the company looks to expand further south, he said.
In an earlier interview with Herald-Mail Media, Kayla Prasek of Uproar PR said, “Pyle will continue to refer to the facility in Greencastle as the Hagerstown integrated logistics facility as that’s the largest town in the region, as well as for continuity’s sake.”
When finished, the integrated logistics center will contain more than 80 cross-dock doors with a 200,000-square-foot warehouse and full-service fleet-maintenance garage, according to a company news release. Luciani said it will house all three of the company’s business units and become its second integrated facility, after one in Westampton, N.J., which has 101 doors.
“Once we’re up and running, I expect we’ll have about 125 to 150 full-time and part-time employees,” he said.
In a news release announcing the move, the company noted the center is “ideally located” near the I-81 and I-70 corridors, as well as nearby rail yards, which will offer quick and easy access to all major Northeast and mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas.
The 35-acre site is along U.S. 11, just south of Greencastle.
“This future Hagerstown integrated logistics center will also provide warehousing with same- and next-day distribution, assembly and value-added project capabilities, final-mile delivery options, consolidation and de-consolidation, and complete integration with Pyle’s LTL, brokerage, custom dedicated, and warehouse and distribution solutions,” Luciani said in the release.
This story was updated at 12:18 p.m. Oct. 2, 2018, to correct the location of A. Duie Pyle’s first integrated facility. The first is in Westampton, N.J.
The Crossroads Business Journal apologizes for the mistake.