ADDISON, Texas, Jan. 31, 2017 - With move-in complete, Smokey Point Distributing (SPD) president, Dan Wirkkala, said the new home terminal of the Daseke company in Arlington, Washington, just north of Everett, Washington, is something to behold.
“Our new home is spacious with beautiful décor -- it’s a wonderful work space and home-away-from-home for our drivers,” said Wirkkala. “It’s really something – jaw-dropping – and we’re incredibly proud to have the SPD sign on this complex.”
Built on a 16-acre lot, the new facility dwarfs the company’s previous terminal, which is less than two miles away. “We designed our new terminal with growth in mind, and ample amenities for the here and now,” said Wirkkala. “We really liked the look and feel of Central Oregon Truck Company’s facility (a Daseke sister company), plus gleaned ideas from other terminals we visited. We also polled our drivers through our Stay Metrics survey, as to what they’d like to see in our new terminal. This was built with everyone in mind, and reaction has been tremendous.”
“The new facility is more than just a terrific building; it is a testament to the dedication that the Smokey Point team has put in over the past eight years since joining our family of companies,” said Don Daseke, CEO of Daseke Inc. “They deserve a quality facility that mirrors their quality work.”
Wirkkala said he appreciates and takes pride in Don’s sentiments and the awards Smokey Point received in 2016.
“We were honored as the Washington State safety fleet of the year (more than 5-million mile category) by the Washington State Trucking Association, and by the Truckload Carriers Association as its safest fleet (in the 15 million to 24.9 million mile category),” he said. “Our momentum continues to grow and this new facility just adds to our excitement.”
According to Wirkkala, drivers coming off the road can relax in a large entertainment room – filled with leather recliners and sectionals to view a big-screen TV. A massage chair, complete with sound system, has also proven to be a big hit with drivers. Washers and dryers give drivers a spot to handle personal housekeeping, while showers and bathrooms feature granite sinks and other top-of-the-line fixtures. A spacious kitchen and lunchroom, computer room, plus expansive exercise room for cardio wellness, complete the driver’s lounge. Outside, SPD built a dog-run for those who have pets. For the office staff, there is more than four times the space of the previous location, while the maintenance department can now work on tractors and trailers in a 7-bay drive-through facility.
“We also plan to offer warehouse space,” said Wirkkala. “More of our customers are asking for warehousing, and we will be accommodating those needs.”
According to Wirkkala, “Drivers are our backbone, we are fortunate to have a driver turnover rate below 25 percent, one of the lowest in our industry. We are thrilled to now have a top of the line facility so they can come in relax. I’m always excited to meet and welcome them to our family and discuss how we truly listen to what they have to say,” he said. “I tell them that current drivers had a say in the design of our new building. I know our incoming drivers will enjoy it, as much as everyone else, over the years to come.”
About Daseke Inc.
Addison, Texas-based Daseke is the largest owner and operator of flatbed and specialized open deck transportation capacity serving North America. Daseke Inc. comprises of Smokey Point Distributing, based in Arlington, Washington, (www.spdtrucking.com); the E.W. Wylie Corporation, based in West Fargo, North Dakota, (www.wylietrucking.com); J. Grady Randolph, based in Gaffney, South Carolina, (www.jgr-inc.com); Central Oregon Truck Company, based in Redmond, Oregon, (www.centraloregontruck.com); the Boyd Companies, based in Clayton, Alabama, (www.boydbros.com); WTI Transport, based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, (www.wtitransport.com); Lone Star Transportation, based in Fort Worth, Texas, (www.lonestar-llc.com); Bulldog Hiway Express, based in Charleston, South Carolina, (www.bulldoghiway.com); and Hornady Transportation, based in Monroeville, Alabama, (www.hornadytransportation.com).