Old Dominion Freight To Build Terminal In Canton – Old Dominion Freight will begin construction on a 25,000 square–foot facility at the Mills Business Park in Canton. The North Carolina–based trucking company recently finalized the purchase of 15.3 acres at the Mills site at Faircrest Street and Sherman Church Avenue S.W. The Stark Development Board assisted Old Dominion’s consulting firm in identifying the best site for its operation within the park. Old Dominion is constructing a terminal with 60 freight–service doors; the total project cost is estimated at $9.5 million. The Canton City Council approved a 75% real estate tax abatement for seven years for the project. According to the Canton Regional Chamber, Old Dominion will create approximately 34 jobs and expects the facility to be completed in the spring. Old Dominion is a national motor carrier providing one–to–five day service in six regions of the United States. It is the second company to occupy the Mills Business Park. Medline Industries purchased a 19–acre site last winter and has finished construction on its new distribution facility. The Mills Business Park is jointly owned by the DeHoff Family Foundation and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation. To read more about this announcement, click on this Canton Repository article.
Akron-Canton Airport Commissions Extended Runway and Sets New Records – This past month, the Akron-Canton Airport commissioned the single largest capital project in airport history—the extension and safety upgrade of runway 5/23. The project is the centerpiece of the airport’s comprehensive capital improvement program—CAK 2018. Airport president Rick McQueen said the runway signifies more than just a new pavement; it provides a path forward to new destinations and new opportunities for decades to come. CAK also reported that October represented the seventh consecutive monthly passenger record of the year. In October, more than 133,000 passengers traveled to and from Akron-Canton, making it the airport’s busiest October of all time. That figure was up seven percent compared to 2009, and it beat the airport’s previous best October (2007) by more than 3,000 passengers. For the first 10 months of the year, nearly 1,310,000 passengers traveled to and from CAK, an eight percent increase compared to 2009. AirTran Airways was up over 12 percent in October compared to the same month last year. To read more about the announcements, click on the following press releases.