Large, Company-Owned Facility Offers Quick Access to Interstate System for Faster and More Efficient Service to Customers
ANN ARBOR, MI and ROCKFORD, IL-- Con-way
Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (
"From the new Rockford service center, our trucks can drive just half a mile and connect with I-39, I-90/94, I-88 and I-80 -- interstates heading in every direction," said M. Gregory Lehmkuhl, executive vice president of operations for Con-way Freight. "That kind of quick access is absolutely vital to our mission of providing the best LTL performance, including fast transit times, on-time service and exception-free delivery."
The new Con-way Freight service center employs more than 100 area residents, 83 of them driver sales representatives. It features nearly 50,000 square feet of dock space and 110 dock doors for loading and unloading trailers -- expanded from 42 dock doors at the previous facility. Staff there will process approximately 1,000,000 pounds of freight and 900 shipments per day, servicing roughly 700 business accounts in the area.
The Rockford facility opening takes place as part of Con-way Freight's major network re-engineering project aimed at creating a more efficient operation to improve service and reduce costs. While some of the company's service centers in the area were closed as part of the initiative, newly-opened facilities in Rockford and LaSalle have gained freight service and employees displaced from the closing locations. The Rockford service center alone added about 85 percent of the business and more than 30 employees from the closure of the Janesville, Wis., location, with additional freight and personnel relocating from the closed Rock Falls facility.
"Con-way is the first project in the Rock 39 Industrial Park, and we appreciate them expanding their freight transportation company within Winnebago County," said Scott Christiansen, chairman, Winnebago County Board. "We are looking forward to continued growth in this part of the county and to the long-term economic benefits this expansion will generate."
Under Con-way Freight's network re-engineering initiative, the company will reduce the total miles traveled per day by 124,000, or 5.2 percent of the 2.4 million miles its drivers typically run each day. That decrease in mileage will conserve 4.9 million gallons of diesel fuel per year for an annual cost savings of roughly $14 million.
About Con-way Freight
Con-way Freight is the industry's leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service through a single, unified network of more than 300 service centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight offers LTL freight delivery across North America, as well as delivery in the United States for international less-than-container (LCL) ocean shipments from Asia through its OceanGuaranteed® service.
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (