Bulletin staff report

Seeing increased demand in the region, Old Dominion Freight Line, a nationwide trucking company, has opened a service center in Redmond to provide shipping services to Central and parts of Eastern Oregon.

Old Dominion established a six-door service center on East Antler Avenue at the old Crown Pacific mill site, according to a news release. It employs four people on-site and two remotely, said Jeff Lorenzini, service center manager.

The trucking company saw a benefit in locating a service center near U.S. Highway 97 and U.S. Highway 20.

“The Central Oregon market is very important to Old Dominion’s … expansion in the state of Oregon,” he said. “It’s an area we’re committed to.”

The Redmond center will handle pickup and delivery for an area about 100 nautical miles around Redmond, Lorenzini said, roughly from the northern boundaries of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in the north to Gilchrist in the south, and from Sisters to John Day west and east.

Old Dominion has about 225 service centers nationwide, including three others in Oregon: Portland, Corvallis and Medford. Some service centers also serve as freight-transfer locations.

Based in Thomasville, N.C., Old Dominion was ranked the 11th largest trucking company in Transport Topics’ “Top 100 For-Hire Carriers 2013,” and sixth largest less-than-truckload carrier, those that pick up multiple shipments from multiple customers on a single truck.

At the end of 2012, Old Dominion had more than 13,000 employees nationwide, according to its 2012 annual report.