Old Dominion Freight Line cuts ribbon on Parkersburg service center

New, larger terminal built with room to grow

Photo by Evan Bevins From left, Adam Osborne, manager of Old Dominion Freight Line’s Parkersburg service center; Dave Steinert, vice president for Old Dominion’s Great Lakes region; and Old Dominion COO Marty Freeman watch as customer service representative Cheryl Marshall cuts the ribbon for the location Thursday.

PARKERSBURG — A national carrier on Thursday opened a new service center in south Parkersburg, its second in West Virginia.

Old Dominion Freight Line is a $3.3 billion trucking, shipping and logistics company that is making nine-figure investments in real estate and equipment this year, Chief Operating Officer Marty Freeman said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.

The facility at 280 Bosley Industrial Park Drive behind Wal-Mart off Pike Street sits just outside city limits. It employs 35 people and opened in October, but company officials said they were waiting for nicer weather before having an official ribbon-cutting.

The company has had a presence in Wood County for six years, previously operating out of a terminal at 190 Elizabeth Pike in Mineral Wells.

“We’ve been growing ever since we opened back in 2012,” said Adam Osborne, service center manager.

Photo by Evan Bevins The Old Dominion Freight Line service center in Parkersburg opened in October at 280 Bosley Industrial Park Drive behind the south Parkersburg Wal-Mart.

“This was a great change from there,” said Dave Steinert, regional vice president for Old Dominion’s Great Lakes region. “The old terminal, the dock was the size of the office (here).”

Old Dominion constructs its facilities with future growth in mind, said Terry Hutchins, Old Dominion vice president of field services and real estate.

“Many locations have contingencies in place for additional expansion and hiring based on customer need and positive economic trends,” he said.

Old Dominion operates more than 230 service centers across the country.

The Parkersburg facility is a new terminal with a 32-door capacity on 9 acres of land. Located near Interstate 77, it augments a major north-south route through West Virginia and will allow Old Dominion to more efficiently handle the increase in daily volume for its West Virginia and southeast Ohio customers, the company said.

Photo by Evan Bevins Guests and employees mingle in Old Dominion Freight Line’s new terminal in Parkersburg prior to a ribbon-cutting event Thursday.

The new terminal will service Buckhannon, Clarksburg, Elkins, Fairmont, Parkersburg, Ripley, Athens, Caldwell, Cambridge and Marietta.

“We’re always looking forward in order to maintain our commitment to deliver premium service for our customers,” Hutchins said. “By continually investing in our service center network, we’re able to exceed customer expectations every day and drive efficiency, especially as capacity tightens throughout the supply chain.”

Old Dominion is a leading, less-than-truckload company employing 22,000 people and operating a fleet of more than 32,000 trailers and 8,000 trucks.

Wood County Commission President Blair Couch said after the ribbon-cutting that it was “a wonderful day.”

“It’s great to see companies investing in West Virginia and Wood County,” he said.

Photo by Evan Bevins Old Dominion Freight Line COO Marty Freeman, right, introduces Gerald Pugh, a supervisor at the company’s service center in Parkersburg, before Pugh says a blessing over the meal for employees and guests at a ribbon-cutting event Thursday at the service center.

Several representatives of the City of Parkersburg were on hand as well, even though the service center is technically outside the municipality.

“This is a fantastic project,” Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce said. “What’s good for Wood County is good for Parkersburg, and I think the county commissioners would agree the reverse is true.”

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