SEVILLE — Jarrett Fleet Services, a provider of truck fleet maintenance and repair in Rittman, soon will occupy the former Schneider National Carriers distribution center property.
The nearly 54-acre property at 8860 Wooster Pike was purchased by Jarrett Fleet Services’ parent company, Jarrett Companies, on Feb. 9 for $1.6 million, according to the Medina County Auditors Office.
“They will be relocating to the property and will be occupying the service building and the shop building,” Matt Wagner, vice president of sales and marketing for Jarrett Companies, said Wednesday. “That will bring a total of 18 employees to the Seville property.”
PackShip USA, another Jarrett Companies -owned business, is expected to use the property as a white-glove check, final-mile hub in the near future, he said.
Six acres were leased to Schneider National Carriers, so drivers can continue to use the property to park as well as dropping off and hooking up trailers, Wagner said.
The property has been used as a parking lot by Schneider National Carriers since the distribution center closed in 2009.
Mayor Carol Carter said she is happy to see the property change hands, and has noticed that Jarrett already has begun to make improvements.
“I believe the shed is gone. It is unbelievable how that place already looks. I am so excited,” she said.
The facility includes wash bays for trucks, and a maintenance garage that allowed mechanics to work underneath the trucks without having to place them on a lift.
“Whoever set this up in the beginning had to have been a truck driver because that whole facility was geared for men and women who drive a truck on the road,” Carter said.
Wagner said the property near Interstate 76 and state Route 3 will play a key role as Jarrett Companies looks to the future of the trucking industry.
“When autonomous trucks become commercially available, the property will also be utilized as a transfer hub.”
Trailers would be exchanged from driverless autonomous trucks with local PackShip USA drivers who then would perform the final destination delivery. Drivers could also pick up a trailer locally before switching it off to an autonomous truck.
“That is a little bit more forward thinking, but some of those things in the marketplace are projected to occur in the coming years,” Wagner said. “We feel that we will be very well positioned to be one of the leaders of that aspect.”
Wagner said Jarrett Fleet Services is expected to occupy the 11,000-square-foot service building in three to six months after renovations are completed.
Other buildings on the property include a 26,000-square-foot shop and an 18,000-square-foot office building.
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