ROANOKE - A transportation and logistics company based in Allen County has announced plans to expand. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Universal Dedicated of Fort Wayne will invest $25 million to build out about 10 acres in Roanoke that will serve as a holding yard to house transportation assets and dispatch operations offices. The company says the project will create up to 130 jobs by the end of 2020.

The company says the site will help increase efficiencies in its regional transportation services. Construction and equipment purchases are expected to begin early this fall and be complete by the end of the year.

"This is a big win for our organization and Allen County," said Matt Lock, vice president of operations for Universal Dedicated. "We appreciate our customer's continued trust and growth in our services and for making us their primary-source transportation provider. We also recognize our most important asset, our employees, for their hard work and dedication, once again proving that people-driven solutions enable our success. We look forward to growing our team and maintaining our reputation for best-in-industry service levels, continuous improvement and cost savings initiatives for our customers."

Universal Dedicated is a subsidiary of Michigan-based Universal Logistics. The parent company employs some 400 in Indiana, 225 of which are at Universal Dedicated.

The company is hiring for a variety of positions, including CDL drivers, logistics managers, administrative clerks, and diesel and trailer mechanics. 

The IEDC has offered Universal Dedicated up to nearly $1.4 million in conditional tax credits, which the company will not be eligible to claim until Hoosier workers are hired for the new jobs. Northeast Indiana Works is also providing hiring and training assistance.