Less-than-truckload carrier Con-way Freight has announced plans to build a new facility in Robinson, TX. The state-of-the-art, 48-door service center will cost approximately $3.7 million and serve as the local hub for pickup and delivery services, connecting central Texas and the Greater Waco metropolitan area with one-, two- and three-day service points.

The 18,870-sq.-ft. center will also service Mexico and Canada.

“The central Texas market and its surrounding communities have experienced significant business growth over the past several years,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, president of Con-way Freight. “This new facility will allow us to better manage current business levels, and positions us with capacity to grow and deliver to our customers the velocity, dependability and consistent on-time service that provides competitive advantage.”

The center will be located on a 12-acre site in the Robinson Industrial Park. It has convenient access to Interstate 35, said Steve Micketti, director of operations.

The facility in Robinson will replace an existing 22-door service center in neighboring Waco, where the company has been for more than 20 years. Once completed, the expanded facility is expected to provide additional capacity, operating efficiencies and flexibility, the company said. Con-way Freight expects to hire an additional 15 workers in jobs such as driver sales representatives, operations support, sales, customer service and administration. Con-way Freight currently employs 52 at its existing Waco location.

“We’ve had excellent support from the city of Robinson and the Waco business community,” Lehmkuhl continued, “and with our development partners, we’re excited to launch this important expansion for the community, and for our national network.”

The facility is scheduled to open in April 2014.