Southeastern Freight Lines announced the opening of a second service center in Charlotte, N.C., in response to growing business in the region. The new facility, located on a 30-acre site, has 123 doors and a full maintenance shop, providing additional transportation capacity for the region and Charlotte’s growing south side. Southeastern says the new service center supplements the existing service center, and the ability to traffic freight through two locations in areas with heavy traffic congestion helps maintain on-time delivery standards.
“We will better serve the local market by adding this service center in South Charlotte’s industrial area,” says Joe Don Ross, regional vice president of sales for Southeastern Freight Lines, based in Lexington, S.C. “Having two Charlotte facilities will enable us to better manage the growing traffic congestion challenges in this major metropolitan area, similar to our company’s approach in Atlanta and other areas with rapid growth.”
Southeastern says it has seen an increase in shipments in Charlotte during the past year. As business continues to pick up, the new service center will help Southeastern streamline efficiencies for customer shipments in the Charlotte area and improvements at other busy service centers in North Carolina and South Carolina, including Hickory, Columbia, Greenville and Florence.
“While almost all pickup-and-delivery services already happen as scheduled, over 99 percent of the time, businesses in these cities will see improved service including earlier appointment times and faster deliveries,” says Brian Schulz, South Charlotte service center manager. “The South Charlotte Service Center will also create a ripple effect of improvements for the entire region.”
The South Charlotte Service Center has 140 employees, bringing the total number of Southeastern Freight Lines employees in Charlotte to 340. The new facility, which opened Jan. 31, also features energy-efficient lighting and HVAC units.