Southeastern Freight Lines is celebrating 20 years of growth in Texas, and in the last two years has purchased 177 acres and opened a new 50-door Corpus Christi facility as well as a new Amarillo service center.
The Abilene and Waco service centers will undergo dock expansions this year, as well, and the company said its growth in the Lone Star state will continue.
In 2003, the company had 11 service centers and 374 dock doors in Texas. Today, the company operates 20 service centers and 1,432 dock doors — nearly doubling its real estate footprint.
Since its establishment in 1950, organic growth has been a key component of Southeastern’s success, the company said in a press release. As population growth and business outputs grew in Texas, SEFL knew having full-state coverage was key to supporting its customers’ demands.
“SEFL is proud to be a part of the Texas community and is committed to providing exceptional service in the state and beyond,” said Brian Schulz, vice president of service center operations. "As growth is top of mind, there are already plans ... to continue to expand our infrastructure with more service centers."
SEFL is honoring 10 of its service centers across the state celebrating milestones this year:
- 20 years – Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen, El Paso, Odessa, Abilene, and Amarillo
- 15 years – Waco
- 10 years – South Houston and Monroe
“When I joined the team at Corpus Christi, there were four pickup and delivery drivers and one line-haul driver," said Erasmo Hernandez, a linehaul driver at the Corpus Christi service center who has been driving for SEFL since Corpus Christi’s opening in 2003. "Our team of associates has grown immensely, and today, we have the privilege to work out of a beautiful new service center."