Trucking company A. Duie Pyle opens facility in Elkridge

September 15, 2014|By Natalie Sherman | The Baltimore Sun

A Pennsylvania trucking company said Monday it has opened a new facility in Elkridge, where it expects to add more than 100 jobs over the next two years.

The 33,000-square-foot complex in Howard County is the only one in the Baltimore region for A. Duie Pyle, a family-owned business founded in 1924 that is looking to expand into the local market and Virginia.

About 65 people are employed at the Brookdale Drive facility, most of them truckers, said John Luciani, vice president for terminals. He said he expects the number of jobs to grow to more than 100 in the next 24 months. Pyle employs about 2,500 people total.

"This is essentially our stake in the ground," he said. "It's a growth market for us."

The new 60-door service center will allow for earlier morning deliveries and later night pick-ups in the area, he said. Clients were previously served from a center in York, Pennsylvania, which placed the firm at a disadvantage when competing for Baltimore-area customers, he said.

State property records show the West Chester-based firm bought the property in 2013 for $2.8 million. The firm, which will celebrate the opening on Wednesday, also invested millions in renovations, Luciani said.

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