Valley Freightliner opening new location

Jason Cannon

September 5, 2013

VFI OlympiaValley Freightliner Inc. will hold a grand opening at its new location just south of Olympia, Wash. on Interstate 5 Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will include complimentary espresso, lunch, a vendor fair, truck inspections, the Alliance Truck Parts NASCAR race car and an antique truck display.

Located on a site formerly occupied by a Ritchie Bros. auction facility, the third dealership in the Valley Freightliner Group consumes approximately 19 acres of a 26 acres plot of land.

The building itself sits at 26,000 square feet with service capacity for 14 trucks, and houses a $600,000-plus parts inventory and includes a plush 2,000 square-foot driver’s lounge.

Jerrad Avery – a 10 year veteran of the U.S. Army with experience managing Freightliner’s Elite Support program – will serve as the Branch Manager.

Valley Freightliner’s Olympia dealership opened about three months ago after nearly six months construction, and joins sister sites in Pacific and Mt. Vernon.

The building rests on a desirable piece of real estate just off the Maytown exit.

“Any traffic north toward Seattle, and on up into Canada will go right by the location,” said Valley Freightliner General Manager Alex Bernasconi. “The Peugeot Sound is pretty well congested (with traffic), and growth is really moving in that direction, plus (the site) was ideally located.”

Olympia currently has 30 employees and 10 technicians. Full service is available seven days per week days; 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on weekends.

Avery said the company has a goal to offer services around the clock in the next 18 months, hinging on staff and market demands.

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