ABF Freight System officially opened its new $4.8 million trucking center at 4877 Adams Center Road on Wednesday.
The sub-truck shipping company’s 27,000-square-foot site was closed last fall as part of a deal for Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream to expand onto the ABF site. neighbor of Wells Street, north of downtown.
The city’s redevelopment commission allowed ABF to build a new terminal and move to the new site in the commission’s Adams Center Road industrial park in southeast Fort Wayne.
Seth Runser, President of ABF, said he was satisfied with the collaboration and “pleased to be in this new facility”. The move, he said, demonstrated the company’s commitment “to providing excellent service to the greater Fort Wayne area” and helping the area’s economy grow.
ABF’s previous facility will be demolished as Dreyers’ footprint expands south in its $140 million expansion project. Dreyer’s expects to create up to 145 new jobs, while ABF retained 28 jobs as part of the move.
The builder for the project was CME Corp. in Fort Wayne.
Jonathan Leist, deputy director of city redevelopment, said the project is an example of promoting development, growth and investment in multiple Fort Wayne sites at the same time.
ABF’s business combines multiple separate shipments into one cost-effective truck and is used by small businesses, e-commerce businesses, and individuals who coordinate residential moves. The company has more than 240 locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.