A. Duie Pyle Terminal Expansion: Growing the Regional LTL Network in 2023
A. Duie Pyle, a prominent regional less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, has announced plans to expand its terminal network by opening at least three new terminals in 2023, according to the company’s Chief Operating Officer, John Luciani. This expansion aims to extend A. Duie Pyle’s LTL footprint to 30 service centers, primarily along the Interstate-95 corridor.
New Terminal Locations
The carrier has purchased a facility in Pittsfield, Maine, which will serve as a base of operations for service as far north as the Canadian border. Additionally, A. Duie Pyle plans to open a site in Northeast Maryland and move into a building it had previously leased in New York City.
A Growing Terminal Network
This terminal expansion will enable the company to cover a larger geographical area, reaching as far north as the Canadian border, as far south as the North Carolina border, and west to Cleveland, Ohio. The regional carrier’s growing terminal network has its roots in a single terminal, established after the company transitioned from steel-hauling operations for the Lukens Steel Mill in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, in April 1924.
Expansion into Virginia and West Virginia
In the past year, A. Duie Pyle announced its entrance into the Virginia and West Virginia markets. These expansions have contributed to the company’s legacy LTL unit generating around $570 million in gross revenue, as reported by Luciani.
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Service Centers Along the I-95 Corridor
“The vast majority of our service centers do reside along I-95,” Luciani said. “We’ve got about 1,000 pickup-and-delivery drivers… Those 1,000 drivers deliver about 10,000 shipments in our footprint of today’s 27 service centers.”
Taking Over a New York Terminal
A. Duie Pyle plans to take over a New York terminal it purchased in 2009 but had been leasing to a competitor. “A competitor is going to relinquish that operating lease, and we’ll consume that building,” Luciani said. “We’re ideally suited to service the largest population on the East Coast, probably in the country, on that I-95 corridor.”
Real Estate Growth Strategy
While A. Duie Pyle’s publicly held competitors have trimmed costs as demand softened, they have been reluctant to reduce their real estate growth. Executives such as Gregg Gantt, Chief Executive of Old Dominion Freight Line, have repeatedly credited these efforts with putting carriers in position for record profits in recent years.
“We’re in a good spot with our headcount, with our fleet, and certainly with the service center network to be able to let volume start flowing again,” Gantt said in a fourth-quarter 2022 earnings call.
Expanding to Meet Market Demands
The expansion of A. Duie Pyle’s terminal network is a testament to the company’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of its customers and the market. By strategically growing its service centers and investing in real estate, A. Duie Pyle is positioning itself for long-term success and increased market share in the LTL industry.
Enhancing Customer Service and Efficiency
The addition of new terminals in strategic locations will enable A. Duie Pyle to provide better and more efficient service to its customers. The increased terminal network will help the carrier reduce transit times, improve shipment tracking, and optimize routing for its fleet of trucks.
Job Creation and Local Impact
A. Duie Pyle’s terminal expansion will also positively impact local communities. The opening of new terminals will create job opportunities for drivers, warehouse personnel, and administrative staff. Furthermore, the company’s growth is expected to boost local economies by increasing demand for goods and services in the areas surrounding the new terminals.
Preparing for Future Challenges
The expansion of A. Duie Pyle’s terminal network demonstrates the company’s forward-thinking approach and readiness to adapt to the rapidly changing logistics industry. By continuously investing in its infrastructure and workforce, the carrier is preparing for potential challenges such as increased competition, regulatory changes, and fluctuations in customer demand.
The A. Duie Pyle terminal expansion in 2023 is a strategic move to strengthen its regional LTL network along the Interstate-95 corridor. By opening new terminals in Maine, Maryland, and New York City, the carrier is poised to extend its service reach from the Canadian border to North Carolina. This growth will not only enhance customer service and efficiency but also contribute to local economies through job creation and increased demand for goods and services.
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