Montana-based Jones Brothers Trucking has announced plans to invest $2 million to build a trucking and dispatch facility in Delaware County. The company says the logistics hub will also become its eastern U.S. headquarters and logistics center.
County economic development officials say Jones has owned the property for several years, using it primarily as a trailer drop yard. But now the logistics company is building an 8,500-square-foot facility.
“The bigger impact is with the equipment. The drivers work from the truck, and that’s their office. When we bring 50 trucks here, that’s $9 million just for the trucks,” said Paul Jenkin, president of eastern operations for Jones Trucking.
Jones Brothers owns 70 trucks that haul flatbed trailers of goods. Jenkin says his goal is to have the additional trucks running out the Indiana facility within the next year.
Brad Bookout, who serves as the county’s director of municipal and economic affairs, has been working with the trucking company for several years to complete the deal. He says Jones’ flatbed services will support several other new businesses in the county.
“With the recent construction of the CANPACK and INOX facilities as well as Progress Rail and others, our community now has a dedicated flatbed truck service to support our diversified industries. I’m excited that they have chosen Delaware County to make such a large capital investment,” said Bookout.
The company is aiming for a December move-in to the new Delaware County facility, along with the hiring of more employees, including mechanics and support staff. It currently employs 13 employees in the county.