Dayton trucking company opens new Michigan service center

Dayton Freight has closed its Kalkaska, Mich. service center and opened a new facility in Grayling, Mich. along Interstate 75.

The new 32-door facility is set on 25 acres. It allows us the Vandalia-based provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation service to offer faster and more consistent transportation service to its customers, the company said in a release.

“We’ve outgrown our facility in Kalkaska and have built a $2 million, state-of-the-art operation in Grayling. We’re moving from a nine-door dock to a 32-door dock. With a much larger office, the extra capacity will allow us to provide more service. And, being centrally-located, we’ll be even closer to our customer base,” said service center manager Dan Karcher.

All 13 employees at the Kalkaska facility will be working out of the Grayling facility, according to Karcher.

“With more capacity, we will be able to take on much more business and create more job opportunities in the local community,”Karcher said.

Founded in 1981, Dayton Freight has 45 service centers in the Midwest region. The company offers one- or two-day service to thousands of sites in an 11-state area.

Dayton Freight, headquartered at 6465 Poe Ave. in Vandalia, is the 21st largest LTL carrier in North America, according to the Journal of Commerce.

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