VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Fussell Tire and Service employees were working in their new 21,750 sq ft. facility Friday, nearly triple the size of the previous facility. It was making their job easier and faster, but perhaps most importantly it was allowing them to better accommodate semi trucks.
"I also have two pull through bays and [the semis] got eight acres to move around on. So, it's just easy for them to pull in the back, pull out the front, and get back on their way," explained Fussell Tire and Service Owner Coy Fussell.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority held an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility Friday morning to christen it.
Lowndes County Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter pointed out at the ceremony that being able to better accommodate semi trucks is important, given the continued growth of the logistics industry in Valdosta."The logistics industry is significant and rapidly growing because of Valdosta and Lowndes County's strategic location directly between Atlanta and Orlando and at the crossroads of I-75 and I-10," said Chairman Slaughter.
Lowndes County commissioners were also continuing to work Friday to try to make Valdosta an inland port, which would likely only further increase the amount of semis passing through.
I-75 is only a few short miles away from Fussell Tire and it's a straight shot down St. Augustine Rd. Fussell said he was already seeing proof that the expansion would allow him to handle the increasing amount of semis coming to and through Valdosta. "We're startin' to see an increase. Startin' to see new companies givin' us an opportunity to service 'em," Fussell explained.
He believed they would continue to grow and continue to help the logistics industry in Valdosta and Lowndes County grow as well.