June 17, 2011
The newest Penske Truck Leasing facilityofficially opened its doors in Garner, N.C. this afternoon as part of a grand opening event.
<p>Located in North Carolina’s Triangle region, near Raleigh, the state-of-the-art 12,000 square-foot building was constructed at a cost of $3.3 million. It sits on 8.5 acres and offers <a href="https://www.pensketruckleasing.com/">full-service truck leasing</a>, <a href="http://www.pensketruckrental.com/">consumer</a> and <a href="http://www.pensketruckrental.com/commercial-truck-rental/">commercial</a> truck rental and <a href="https://www.pensketruckleasing.com/">contract maintenance</a> services. </p><p>Stated John Crockett, senior vice president – Southeast region, Penske: “Strategically this location allows for access to the major entry points in the Raleigh market. Some of our largest customers in the food and newspaper industries are now within close proximity.”</p><p>The town of <a href="http://www.garnernc.gov/">Garner</a> was instrumental in ensuring the long-term success of this facility.</p><p>“There have been a lot of great days in Garner in the last couple of months,” stated Garner mayor Ronnie Williams in his remarks to the grand opening attendees. “We’re very pleased to welcome Penske, with their stellar reputation.”</p><p><img class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="cec4aae6ced91ce1c56a8a99c8f9cca5" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" id="4c29d" type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTEyNjg5Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2MjU4MTA4OH0.WhMT-HVFHhHLd3z926_5PL1KP6iG_lXU-5BXTIxII_A/img.jpg?width=980"/>As Chris Anderholm, area vice president – Carolinas, Penske Truck Leasing, stated: “Ideally, business and government should be able to work together, to help remove any barriers. I could not be more positive about the help that the town of Garner has given us, especially economic development director Tony Beasley. Garner is a very business-friendly place.“</p><p>During his ceremony remarks, Anderholm thanked Sen. Richard Stevens, Sen. Dan Blue and Rep. Deborah Ross, Rep. Darren Jackson and Rep. Rosa Gill for sponsoring key legislation that was quickly enacted by the state legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year, to prevent an expansion of the local Triangle Expressway from possibly running through Penske’s facility.</p><p>“The town of Garner was strong advocates for both the businesses and residents of Garner when the <a href="http://blog.gopenske.com/lease/penske-committed-to-complete-construction-and-open-garner-n-c-facility/" title="Penske Committed to Complete Construction and Open Garner, N.C. Facility">Turnpike Authority was considering the Red and Pink routes</a>,” said Anderholm.</p><p>Situated in the Greenfield South Business Park, there are six service bays, a two-lane fuel island and a wash bay. Expected to employ 15 associates initially, the maintenance shop also uses leading-edge wireless technology that enables Penske’s service technicians to automatically connect vehicles for service with diagnostic and analytic software.</p><p><em>Photo ID, from left to right (top photo): Garner mayor pro-tem Kathy Behringer, Garner mayor Williams, Garner councilman Buck Kennedy, Anderholm, Penske district manager Mike Cox and Penske branch manager Mike Parker and Garner councilman Ken Marshburn. In the second photo, Anderholm speaks at the ribbon cutting.</em></p><p><em>Photos courtesy of Michael Lentz of <a href="http://garnerportraits.com/">Garner Portraits</a>.</em></p><p><em>By Alen Beljin, from Garner, N.C.</em></p></div>
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The first new Penske Truck Leasing facility of 2011 is nearing an opening over the next several weeks.
<p>A state-of-the-art 12,000-square-foot commercial truck leasing, commercial and consumer truck rental and contract maintenance building on 8.5 acres in Garner, N.C. (near North Carolina’s capital city of Raleigh) is set to open its doors for business in the Greenfield South Business Park following an August 2010 <a href="https://www.pensketruckleasing.com/newsroom/2010_8_12_garner.html">groundbreaking ceremony</a>. “Move Ahead” filed a December 2010 <a href="http://blog.gopenske.com/lease/garner-n-c-penske-facility-nearing-completion/">blog post on its progress</a>.</p><p>Recent local media reports indicate that the <a href="http://www.ncturnpike.org/projects/southeast/default.asp">North Carolina Turnpike Authority</a> may look to complete the Raleigh Outer Loop of the Triangle Expressway directly through the Greenfield South Business Park, a project that Penske is opposed to. Penske area vice president Chris Anderholm conducted television interviews with the local <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/video?id=7896911">ABC</a> and <a href="http://www2.nbc17.com/news/2011/jan/13/3/proposed-nc-540-route-wipes-out-penske-facility-ar-693284/">NBC</a> stations regarding this proposed change in plans.</p><p>Here is a statement that Penske Truck Leasing released today:</p><p>“Penske Truck Leasing is aware of the proposed routes to complete the Raleigh Outer Loop of the Triangle Expressway and that the decision of the North Carolina Turnpike Authority may potentially impact our nearly completed new facility in the Greenfield South Industrial Park. We join with other local <a href="http://www.garnercitizen.com/2011/02/15/garner-looks-for-outside-help-with-red-and-pink-routes/" title="Garner looks for outside help with red and pink routes">community leaders and area businesses in opposing </a>the selection of the Pink and Red Routes due to the negative economic impact and quality-of-life issues it will cause.</p><p>“Penske remains committed to serving our customers in and around the industrial park. We are proceeding with construction and anticipate opening this $3.3 million state-of-the-art facility within the next several weeks. We are continuing construction to ensure our customers’ needs are served and due to the very long-lead times required to complete any proposed highway project.</p><p>“Following yesterday’s meeting, we remain cautiously optimistic other viable alternative routes may be selected. We are keeping lines of communication open with the Turnpike Authority, the <a href="http://www.garnernc.gov/News.aspx?ID=355">Town of Garner</a> and its economic development representatives. We appreciate the attention that they have given us and the opportunity to have our opinion heard. We look forward to a speedy resolution in this matter.”</p><p><em>By Alen Beljin</em></p></div>
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