ODFL opens up its its first container drayage facility in the Pacific Northwest

The company said its Seattle-Tacoma Drayage Operation will directly serve all ports, rail heads, and container yards in the Pacific Northwest.

By ·

Less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services provider Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL) recently announced it has opened its first container drayage facility in the Pacific Northwest.

The company said its Seattle-Tacoma Drayage Operation will directly serve all ports, rail heads, and container yards in the Pacific Northwest, including the two largest ports in Washington, Seattle and Tacoma, whom cumulatively handled more than $70 billion in cargo in 2010. It is co-located with ODFL’s Seattle Service Center, which opened in 2003.

Company officials said ODFL’s container drayage services, which the company has operated for more than 50 years, include direct point-to-point delivery, loading, unloading, short-term warehousing, and container pools for both import and export shippers.  Other services include container drayage, transload, short term storage, LTL, deconsolidation and consolidation and truckload.

The company’s other container drayage services are in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala.; Norfolk, Va., Wilmington, N.C., Charlotte, N.C., Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., Huntsville, Ala. and Jacksonville, Fla.

“We opened the facility to further expand our national container drayage network and continue serving major U.S. markets,” said Wayne Bersch, ODFL director of container operations. “In the past two years, we have experienced significant growth in container drayage shipments nationwide (a 35 percent increase in shipments in 2010 and a 19 percent increase in shipments in 2011). This facility will help us to continue our growth in this division.”

Bersch said ODFL has been planning for this new facility for well over a year. And he added that the Seattle-Tacoma drayage facility’s site will now give shippers in the Pacific Northwest access to Old Dominion’s best in class container drayage services.

With the facility just opening, Bersch explained it is hard to project how many shippers we will serve.

“However, based on the success of our other container drayage operations and the facility’s strategic location near the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, we are expecting the service to grow over the next year,” he said. “Our commitment to service helps us deliver a container drayage service that exceeds the quality of similar services provided by our counterparts. This service is bolstered by one of the largest and most consistently successful trucking companies in the U.S.”

Five drivers will be working for the Seattle-Tacoma Drayage Operation alongside the nearly 100 employees based at the Seattle Service Center, according to Bersch.


About the Author

Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. Contact Jeff Berman

Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

· All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Mobile Solutions: Improving Supply Chain Efficiencies
To meet customer's ever-increasing service expectations and improve their business efficiency, companies are looking to their supply chain operations – especially material handling and warehouse operations managers.
Download Today!
From the February 2017 Modern Materials Handling Issue
In warehouses and DCs, planning solutions tend to take a back seat to execution system functions. Vendors are working to boost the trust factor using tools that break down forecasts and blend with analytics.
Automated Storage on the Move
Receiving 101: Setting the Table for Success
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
2016 Warehouse/DC Operations Webcast: Confronting omni-channel complexity
During this webcast we’ll examine the current activities, trends, and best practices in warehouse and DC operations management and how companies plan to address complex issues associate with omni-channel fulfillment.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
Johnson & Johnson: A vision for automation
J&J Vision Care brings together a variety of automated technologies, including an innovative...
Using AGVs at LEDVANCE
The lighting manufacturer reaped savings by reducing maintenance costs and product damage, and using...

System Report: Sustainable Distribution at REI
Specialty outdoor retailer REI’s new distribution center brings together the next generation of...
System Report: Whirlpool puts mobile robots to work
In Whirlpool Corp.’s Clyde, Ohio, factory, mobile robots have automated the delivery of parts to...