XPO opens new Vegas transportation center for trade show service

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Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, May 15, 2024:

XPO opens new Vegas terminal for trade show service

XPO (CCJ Top 250, No. 8) earlier this month opening a new freight transportation center in Las Vegas that will serve as a linchpin for the company’s expanded trade show shipping service, the company said.

The new site, XPO’s second in Las Vegas, also enables faster service to local customers and more efficient routing of freight across the Southwest and Rockies.

“We’re pleased to continue opening our new service centers on schedule and to be deepening our presence in Nevada,” said Dave Bates, chief operating officer of XPO. “Las Vegas is a vital shipping gateway for our customers and a major destination for trade shows and conventions. We’re excited about the opportunities this location creates for our customers and the elevated service it will enable us to provide in the region."

The new 36,000-square-foot Las Vegas service center is one of the area’s largest trucking facilities. Located on the south side of the city, it joins XPO’s location in North Las Vegas to provide service to and from the area. The company’s trade show service includes personalized support from XPO’s dedicated trade show concierge desk, five days of complimentary storage for shipments, and the backing of the company’s coast-to-coast network.

XPO has also recently opened service centers in Landover, Maryland, and Sherman, Texas.

The Maryland location serves the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metro area. The newly renovated 20,000-square-foot service center is located approximately 10 miles east of Washington, D.C., and 30 miles southwest of Baltimore. This center will reduce travel times to customers in the region and expand capacity to meet growing freight demand across the area, XPO noted.

The Texas location is situated on a five-acre site just outside the Dallas metropolitan area and replaces XPO’s local service center in Sherman to strengthen the company’s ability to serve customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Texoma regions.

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Saia names new CFO

Saia, Inc. (No. 19) on Tuesday, May 14, announced that Matthew Batteh has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, effective immediately.

In this position, he will lead Saia’s finance, pricing, accounting and treasury functions and will work with other key members of Saia’s management team to execute Saia’s long-term vision.

“Matt brings significant knowledge of Saia and the LTL industry to his new position,” said Frederick Holzgrefe, President and CEO. “He has a command of the complexities of our business and has been instrumental in the development of the core financial analysis processes that we use at Saia. Matt is a proven leader in our organization.”

Batteh has been with Saia since 2015, most recently serving as Vice President of Finance since 2023. Prior to that, he served as Saia’s Vice President, Pricing and Analytics from 2020 to 2023 after serving in a variety of pricing and financial analysis roles.

Douglas Col, Saia’s Chief Financial Officer since January of 2020, will remain with Saia to assist in the transition.

Stoughton Tralers breaks ground on new HQ

Stoughton Trailers broke ground May 9 at their new national headquarters site in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Stoughton Trailers is the nation’s 4th largest manufacturer of semitrailers, the company said.

“Today is a momentous day for Stoughton Trailers,” said Stoughton Trailers President & CEO Bob Wahlin. “We have envisioned this day for a long time, and it has come to fruition. So many people have helped make this a reality. Thank you to our employees, the city of Stoughton, the Stoughton community, and our business partners, all who helped make this possible.”

The new corporate headquarters will be located on the corner of Highway 51 and County Road B, in the far northwest corner of Stoughton and will be the home of approximately 200 employees. The manufacturing of all products will remain at the current locations.

The 53,000 square foot facility will promote the physical, mental, and business health of Stoughton Trailers and its employees. The building will include a workout gym, exercise studio, locker rooms, collaborative workspaces and a host of other amenities.

“I am certain our employees look forward to the day they can look directly out over the many ponds, walking paths, bike trails, and green space to be developed on this site,” Wahlin. added

The 182-acre property will include approximately 36 acres of ponds, prairie and wetlands, as well as additional 28-acre community park.

Stoughton Trailers is a family-owned, Wisconsin-based company which began operations in 1961. The company will retain its existing manufacturing facilities in Stoughton, Brodhead, and Evansville, Wisconsin, and Waco, Texas.

Since 1966, Stoughton Trailers administrative employees have been working from the company’s home office building at 416 S. Academy Street, which is also home to the company’s engineering, research & design group, and testing facility.