Con-way Freight has opened a new service center in Rockford, Ill., offering next-day delivery throughout Illinois and within a surrounding 600-mile radius.

The facility is the first to move into the Rock 39 Industrial Park located in Rockford's I-39 Logistics Corridor approximately one hour west of Chicago. The new service center more than doubles the size of the company's previous operation at 401 Harrison Avenue.

The service center employs more than 100 area residents, 83 of them driver sales representatives. It features nearly 50,000 square feet of dock space and 110 dock doors for loading and unloading trailers. Staff there will process approximately 1 million pounds of freight and 900 shipments per day, servicing roughly 700 business accounts in the area.

The facility opening takes place as part of Con-way Freight's network re-engineering project aimed at creating a more efficient operation to improve service and reduce costs. While some of the company's service centers in the area were closed as part of the initiative, newly opened facilities in Rockford and LaSalle have gained freight service and employees displaced from the closing locations.