August 2, 2013
Sherwood Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star and Isuzu Truck has completed its recent expansion project and recently held a grand opening at the new 15,100 square foot facility on its 7 acre site in Tunkhannock, Penn.
The new building is more than double the size the previous location and was prodded by the booming Marcellus shale formation in north-central Pennsylvania.
Sherwood Vice President and General Manager Mark Novitch said the shale boom caused a fairly immediate transformation on the business and quickly tested the limits of size of the operation.
“Previously, one of our main focuses was to take care of Proctor & Gamble,” he says of a neighboring paper product plant supposed by dedicated hauler Schneider International. “They ship 380 loads a day of paper products and we do a lot of their work. And there are a lot of other good companies in there, too.”
The local timber and construction business kept Sherwood fairly busy, along side Schnider and P&G, and then the shale hit.
“I would say in about 2009, it just took off,” Novitch says. “All of a sudden Marcellus shale comes along and we’re running to keep up.”
To keep up, Sherwood opened a new full-service facility late last month, more than doubling the size of their previous location. The new site includes 16 service bays – up from six at the old location – and a parts department with $770,000 of stock.
Aside from a larger building, Sherwood has also expanded its payroll, adding 11 parts and service employees and an additional sales person to accommodate the expanding customer base.
Sherwood Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star and Isuzu Truck is headquartered in Scranton, Penn.