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Werner Kicks Off 60th Anniversary Celebration; Plans Set for New Pennsylvania Terminal

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Global Transportation and logistics company Werner Enterprises Inc. kicked off a yearlong celebration to mark its 60th anniversary, and the company has big plans for the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

In November, Werner officials presented the Palmer Township Planning Commission with plans for a proposed training and maintenance center off 1460 Tatamy Road. The 67,000-square-foot facility would replace and triple the size of its Upper Macungie terminal, Associate Vice President Randy Kraft said.

He added that total employment could swell to about 70 people at the Palmer facility. The company employs about 40 at its Upper Macungie site on 4 acres that Werner leases.

"We've been in [Upper Macungie] for 10 years, maybe a little more," Kraft said. "It has served us well, but it's woefully undersized."

The new facility would serve Werner for tractor-trailer maintenance and driver training, Kraft said. Amenities include showers, a barbershop, workout center and "quiet lounges," Kraft said. "It's a nice home away from home for [truckers]."

Werner ranks No. 16 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

Kraft said the recent opening of the Charles Chrin interchange on Route 33 in Palmer Township "had a big impact" on the decision to relocate. He said Werner, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, had been looking at finding a new Lehigh Valley site for several years.

The company hasn't received conditional approval from the township, and Kraft said Werner hasn't closed on the more than 25-acre farmland it intends to acquire from the Raub family.

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By Anthony Salamone
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)


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