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Forward Air(TM) Completes Major Expansion of Primary Hub in Columbus; Company's Largest LTL Sort Center Doubled in Size and Engineered for Future Growth

Forward Air, Inc. expanded its main sorting center at Rickenbacker Airport in Groveport, Ohio this month, creating the largest ground transportation facility solely dedicated to moving expedited LTL cargo for freight forwarders and airlines in the United States. At 125,000 square feet with 168 trailer doors, this premier facility on the near south side of Columbus can unload, sort and load upwards of 3.7 million pounds in five hours. In addition to the expansion, Forward Air process-engineered the freight sorting in the building to improve handling efficiencies. The benefits will include reductions in the distance each shipment moves in the building to speed up the transfer process, less handling of freight to further improve service integrity and flexibility to operate multiple sorts at the same time.

Chris C. Ruble, Sr. Vice President Operations of Forward Air, stated, "Our main hub in Columbus is the logistics cornerstone to Forward Air's entire network. Consistently delivering our customers' time definite shipments on schedule requires precision in handling, dispatch and communication. By doubling the footprint of our Columbus hub operation, we increase the throughput potential of every sort, allowing for significant future growth and innovative business processes that benefit every customer."

Forward Air invested approximately $5 million in building onto its existing hub located at 6800 Port Road. The entire site covers 33 acres of property which Forward Air has occupied since September 1994. New wireless freight scanning technology was also installed throughout the warehouse, expanding visibility of transfer shipments to customers. The company also operates a second warehouse operation at Rickenbacker Airport for local customer freight handling and logistics services to key accounts. Forward Air employs over 350 personnel in the Columbus area at these facilities.


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