Vacant building to become Freightliner dealership
ELKTON — Freightliner will open a dealership in September on Belle Hill Road in a building originally built for the commercial truck company more than a decade ago.
Transteck, Inc., a Freightliner dealership with 13 locations in the Mid Atlantic region, announced Wednesday it is expanding to Elkton by occupying a 50,000 square foot existing facility on 7.75 acres within a halfmile from the I-95 interchange at Route 279.
The new dealership, which has a tentative opening date of Sept. 6, plans to create 40 to 60 new jobs.
“Our company is growing at a rapid pace, and we’re excited to be able to have this opportunity to service some of our current customers, as well as future customers, over a wider area,” Transteck Dealer Larry Hufford said.
In recent years the building at 189 Belle Hill Road has been leased to other users, but has remained vacant much of the time. When Freightliner first occupied the building it was in the county’s jurisdiction, but was annexed into the Elkton town limits in January 2012.
“We are quite happy it’s annexed and is going to be occupied by a well-known company,” Elkton Planning Director Jeanne Minner said.
Transteck plans to carry a large inventory of new and used heavy and mediumsized commercial trucks for sale. They will carry approximately $1 million dollars worth of Freightliner OEM parts, as well as a full line of aftermarket parts for most makes.
The service department will offer Express Assessment with the goal of becoming a certified member of the Elite Support Network of Dealerships in its first year of operation. The dealership will be a certified warranty center for Freightliner, Detroit Diesel, Cummins, Meritor and Eaton, along with providing full maintenance and repair service for all brands of commercial and large recreational vehicles. All technicians will be factory trained and provided with the latest diagnostic equipment.
Company officials said demand for more dealerships is at an all-time high because of the 40 percent market share that Freightliner currently enjoys in the heavyduty truck market.
“We are excited to be able to support the local economy in Elkton,” said Tim Gates, serviced director at Transteck.
Transteck opened its first Freightliner dealership in 1999 in Harrisburg, Pa. Since then, the company has increased its dealership family to include 13 full service truck dealerships, three dedicated truck and trailer collision centers and a truck leasing/rental operation serving Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Transdeck worked closely with Cecil County Office of Economic Development during the process, though the facility is located within the town limits of Elkton, which is handling the required permits.
“We are pleased to welcome Transteck to our community,” said Cecil County Director of Economic Development Lisa Webb. “Their commitment is a testament to the economic opportunity that Cecil County represents in the Mid- Atlantic region.”
This vacant building on Belle Hill Road in Elkton will soon be occupied by a Freightliner dealership that expects to create 40 to 60 jobs.