FOND DU LAC - Trucking company Con-way Freight is expanding its Fond du Lac operations and is looking to add more than 50 jobs.
Company officials announced plans Tuesday to build an $8 million freight service center. It will be 47,000-square-feet and have room for future expansion. Once completed, smaller service center operations in Fond du Lac, Sheboygan and Neenah will be consolidated into the new facility.
The new center will be located in Fond du Lac's Fox Ridge Business Park. Company officials say the site was selected because of its convenient access to state highways 41, 175 and 151.
"This is an important investment for our company. It provides us with a modern new facility and expanded capacity in a key location for our network," said Paul Lorensen, area vice president of operations for Con-Way Freight in a release.
The new freight operations center will allow Con-way to expand its one-, two- and three day shipping operations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Con-way Freight currently employs 45 workers at its existing Fond du Lac location. Company officials say the new facility is expected to employ 100 workers. Those jobs include drivers, sales, and administration.
"The Con-way facility will create some excellent jobs for our community while providing important transportation and logistics support for the local and state economies," said Sam Meyer, president of the Fond du Lac City Council in a release.
Con-way's fleet in Fond du Lac is also growing. The expanded operation will go from 18 to 50 trucks and from 65 to 160 trailers.
Construction is expected to begin in June and be completed in March 2014.
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