Saia cuts Southern California transit times, builds new Houston terminal

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Saia Inc. has announced a reduction in transit times from key terminals to the company’s Southern California facility. The less-than-truckload carrier also has relocated its Houston terminal to a newly built, company-owned, state-of-the-art facility situated on 37 acres.

The transit time improvements to Southern California, which will go into effect immediately, mean that Saia customers will receive a one-day improvement in delivery times on freight moving between the following terminals and Fontana and Orange, Calif.: Fayetteville, N.C.; Greenville, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Houston; Norfolk, Va.; Richmond, Va.; and Roanoke, Va.

“Any time we improve transit times, while still maintaining our high level of customer service, we offer companies another reason to utilize Saia’s shipping services,” says Rick O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Duluth, Ga.-based Saia. “The one-day service improvements demonstrate Saia’s ongoing pursuit of excellence.”

According to Saia representatives, a decision was made to construct the new Houston facility to expand upon the terminal’s operations, as the new site offers more room for the company’s shipping and receiving business. The new terminal has 158 doors, while the old site offered only 108.

All employees domiciled at the old terminal have been relocated to the new facility, which provides next-day service to most of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi, along with all of Louisiana. It also provides next-day service to points in New Mexico, Tennessee and Alabama.

Don Langford is manager of the new terminal, which is located at 9051 Railwood Drive, Houston, TX 77078; phone, 713-673-1925; fax, 713-679-7210.