Patton Logistics Group to invest $11 million to expand operations in Pulaski County, create 63 new jobs

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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Patton Logistics Group plans to invest $11 million to expand its trucking, logistics, and warehousing operation in the New River Valley Commerce Park in Pulaski County, creating dozens of new jobs in the county.

“The Patton Logistics Group has become a significant employer in Pulaski County and the New River Valley since they came to Virginia two years ago,” said Gov. Ralph Northam. “The Commonwealth’s extensive infrastructure networks, business-friendly environment, and dependable and skilled workforce provide companies like Patton with the tools they need to succeed and are just a few of the reasons why Virginia is the best state for business. We are excited to support Patton’s growth in Southwest Virginia.”

According to a statement shared by the governor’s office on Thursday, Aug. 12, the company will expand its newly-constructed 250,000-square-foot logistics center by an extra 150,000 square feet in order to include a trucking operations and maintenance center that will provide the infrastructure to support future investment in electric trucks.

This expansion project will also create 63 new jobs in Pulaski County.

“Patton Logistics Group’s substantial investment to expand its operation in the New River Valley is welcome news for Southwest Virginia,” Congressman Morgan Griffith said. “I applaud the efforts of all those involved to make this possibility a reality, resulting in more jobs and a boost to Pulaski’s economy.”

The Patton Logistics Group is comprised of three affiliate companies employing more than 150 people in Virginia, where its Pulaski County facility serves as a critical hub for major clients in the nation’s eastern markets.

Watsontown Trucking Company, founded in 1941, is a family-owned-and-operated asset-based motor carrier that operates a fleet of 450 trucks and 1,400 trailers across the country.

Patton Logistics, LLC was organized in 2013 as an affiliated entity of Watsontown Trucking Company in order to provide transportation brokerage and third-party logistics services for its expanding customer base.

Patton Warehousing, LLC — which was formed in 2015 — currently manages 2.5 million square feet of warehouse space in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, and Virginia.

“The Patton Logistics Group’s second major expansion to its Pulaski County facility after only four months in operation demonstrates how highly companies value Virginia’s strategic location and sophisticated transportation infrastructure,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, who traveled to Dublin on Thursday to attend the announcement. “Patton’s reinvestment solidifies the Commonwealth’s position as a premier supply chain destination and is a testament to the New River Valley’s strengths in this sector. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the company as they grow in the region.”

The Patton Logistics Group management team has more than 200 years of combined transportation and logistics knowledge. The team also provides integrated supply chain solutions for motor carrier transportation, warehousing, distribution services, logistics, and brokerage sourcing.

“Our major expansion into Pulaski County in 2020 was the result of our confidence in the people of Southwest Virginia to perform various supply chain solutions for our clients at a new logistics center,” Steve Patton, President of The Patton Logistics Group, said. “That confidence has only grown, and just four months into this endeavor, we have decided to expand. I thank my coworkers in Dublin for their hard work in getting this operation off the ground. The close proximity to major Interstates 81 and 77 has proven invaluable to our trucking company and has spurred this significant investment for a new trucking operations center. We are excited about our future in Southwest Virginia.”  

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Pulaski County, Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority, and Onward New River Valley to beat out Pennsylvania and secure this project for Virginia.

“Patton Logistics is one of the newest members of our esteemed business community, so to see the company rapidly expand operations in Pulaski County gives us great confidence in its strong commitment to serve the logistics needs of the region,” said Joseph Guthrie, Chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “We are honored to be the home of the New River Valley Commerce Park within the County, and will continue to work with the Commonwealth and our fellow member jurisdictions to help shape the New River Valley into a premier manufacturing and distribution region by supporting the expansion plans of key industrial partners like Patton Logistics.”

Northam approved a $225,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Pulaski County with the project.

In addition, Patton Logistics is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program — administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development — as well as funding and services to support the company’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“On behalf of the 11 localities that participate in Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority, we want to once again welcome Patton as they embark on their second expansion in two years,” Mary Biggs, Chair of Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority, said. “We believe that there is no better place in the world to build and expand than the New River Valley Commerce Park. Patton, in a short amount of time, has become an important part of the industrial infrastructure of our region.”

“Patton Logistics Group’s continued investment in the New River Valley signifies the confidence companies have in our region’s workforce, business climate, and infrastructure,” said Scott Blankenship, Chairman of Onward NRV. “The substantial investment and job creation will not only positively impact Pulaski County, it will ripple throughout the regional economy. We look forward to Patton Logistics’ continued growth and success.”

“This expansion by Patton Logistics Group is great news for Pulaski County, and a tremendous example of the competitive value that Southwest Virginia offers to new and existing companies,” State Sen. Travis Hackworth said. “I congratulate the company on their investment and wish them great success.”

“The Patton Logistics Group’s expansion in Pulaski is not just an investment in the New River Valley, but an investment in Southwest Virginia,” said Del. Nick Rush. “I extend my personal well-wishes to their entire team and look forward to the Group’s continued success.”

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