May 2, 2017 3:30 PM, EDT

Saia Opens Terminals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Russ MacNeil for TT

Saia Inc. opened four new terminals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on May 1, entering the Northeast to battle regional and national less-than-truckload carriers for market share.

The terminals are located in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pa., and Newark, N.J.

“Our teams have been hard at work making sure the new facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are fully staffed and have the necessary equipment and technology in place to service our customers,” said Ray Ramu, Saia's chief customer officer. “Customers have been extremely positive about our expanding geography. We are looking forward to the future success of our Harrisburg region.”

Saia ranks No. 25 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

The four facilities total more than 80,000 square feet of space. Nearly 100 employees have been hired and trained as part of the expansion.

Investment in equipment, infrastructure and the new Northeast terminals should total about $220 million, including the recent purchase of a facility in Maryland, which is scheduled to open in September.

“By making these investments, we are positioning ourselves for growth,”  Ramu said. “Our expansion into the Northeast is part of a multiyear plan to increase our network to better serve our customers and their shipping needs.”

Saia will face some stiff competition from regional LTLs such as Pitt Ohio, New England Motor Freight and A. Duie Pyle and national carriers such as YRC Worldwide, XPO Logistics, Old Dominion Freight Line and Estes Express Lines.