Va­cant build­ing to be­come Freight­liner deal­er­ship

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - cmat­tix@ce­cil­ By CH­ERYL MATTIX

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.

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