Old Dominion Hosts Open House at Dallas Service Center

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. hosted an open house to celebrate the relocation and expansion of its Dallas Service Center at 3300 Duncanville Road in Dallas.

The grand opening activities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, lunch, tours of the 160,000-square-foot facility and an autograph session with Dallas Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis. The service center is a 234-door facility on 60 acres. It represents a major expansion in Dallas compared to the previous service center, which was comprised of 130 doors on 19 acres. Old Dominion's 380 employees located at the new service center will handle more than 3,000 shipments each day to cover a 150-mile radius around Dallas.

"Our previous Dallas Service Center was experiencing continued rapid growth pressures," said David S. Congdon, president and chief executive officer of Old Dominion Freight Line. "In an effort to continue to provide premium transportation service to the Dallas market, we broke ground on the new service center on Feb. 17 last year and have been eagerly anticipating the opening of this state-of-the-art facility. We believe that it will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the economy of Dallas and surrounding areas."

The state-of-the-art facility features upgraded technologies in the service center including a Dock Yard Management System (DYMS) which will reduce customer cost by allowing more efficient handling of customer shipments at the Dallas facility. The facility will also utilize the most recent driver hand-held computer technology deployed by OD, providing for more effective and efficient delivery and route planning.

In addition, all Old Dominion trucks will have RFID electronic tags so drivers do not need to check in - they are scanned in automatically as they enter the facility. Computers will be mounted on forklifts to prevent the drivers from having to get out of the trucks to enter information into ground-level computers. All of the state-of-the art technology works in unison to enable real-time tracking of shipments on the Old Dominion Web site, www.odfl.com to provide customers with true end-to-end visibility.

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