Flatbed carrier Melton Truck Lines has announced the opening of its terminal in Birmingham, Ala., a facility that spans more than 4,600 square feet and signifies the completion of the first of a three-phase building plan.
“Opening of the Birmingham terminal marks the completion of Phase I of Melton’s three-phase construction plan for the Birmingham location,” says Bob Peterson, Melton president. “Over the next four years, Melton will construct a 10,000-square-foot full-service maintenance facility and a 5,000-square-foot driver recruitment and training building. We are committed to developing quality flatbed service in the Southeast.”
Peterson says Melton chose Birmingham because of its accessibility to customers in the Southeast region. Located in the Daniel Payne Industrial Park, the terminal is one mile from Interstate 65 and only five minutes from Interstate 20. The terminal sits on 15 acres and contains office space, as well as a large truck and trailer parking area. The driver lounge has a TV room with recliners, free self-service laundry, computers with high-speed Internet access, vending services, ATM and shower facilities.
John Talley, a former Melton driver and instructor, is in charge of driver orientation at the new facility. Santana Anaya will be moving from Melton’s corporate offices in Tulsa, Okla., to oversee Birmingham operations. In Tulsa, Anaya worked in Melton’s safety department; he has been in the transportation industry for many years and owned his own trucking company.
Melton also has terminals in Tulsa and two Texas locations, Laredo and El Paso.