Custom Truck One Source (Custom Truck) has expanded its Forest, Va., location. The expansion adds 5 acres to the existing Custom Truck facility and will serve as the primary pick-up point for customers picking up equipment. The new area, offering housing for more than 75 completed units, features a bullpen with locked combination box for customers picking up equipment.
“We’re pleased to add this addition to our facility,” says Mark Sharman, Custom Truck president, forestry. “This expansion allows us to more easily facilitate our customers’ needs and help our overall campus run smoothly.”
The new expansion will additionally provide a centralized display area for finished goods, staging area for finished trucks and will serve as the unloading area for chassis arriving from manufacturers.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony, facilitated by the Bedford County Office of Economic Development, will be held at 10 a.m. EDT, on May 17, at 1092 Blackwater Rd., four miles west of Custom Truck’s main site at 12660 E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike in Forest.
The Forest, Va., location has seen extensive growth in the last several years and provides opportunities to the community in both products and services, and in economic development. Employment growth has increased dramatically, and Custom Truck is proud to offer employment opportunities to the Bedford County area, according to an announcement.
Currently employing more than 170 team members, the Forest, Va., location already has hired 30 new people in 2018 and still has open positions. Approximately 75 percent of the workforce consists of production-based positions, so this location is typically seeking to hire equipment assemblers, painters, mechanics and other roles that support an industrial/manufacturing environment.
“Although we have seen our workforce increase greatly over the past couple of years, we have really strived to maintain the ‘small business, locally owned’ atmosphere. We want to bring in new team members that fit our culture and are looking for career-oriented opportunities,” says Lauren Metz, human resources supervisor.
“We’re thrilled to see the economic impact that has come from Custom Truck One Source in Bedford County,” says Traci Blido, economic development director. “We worked with this company in 2012 when it added a $3 million welding facility center and now they’re at it again, growing that much further and adding new jobs, too.”