Southeastern Freight Lines is opening new service centers in Lafayette, La., and Jonesboro, Ark., in response to growing business in the regions and to improve service to current customers.

The Lafayette facility has 28 doors and will provide morning delivery performance and decreased travel time between service centers and Southeastern customers. This service center will primarily service the Lafayette and Alexandria areas.

Customers in the area were previously served through the Baton Rouge and Lake Charles service centers. In the past year, Southeastern has seen an 8% to 10% increase in shipments in Lafayette.

The Lafayette Service Center will employ 30, including 26 new hires from the Lafayette community. The new facility officially opens Sept. 17.

The new Jonesboro facility is located on a 3-acre site and has 20 doors. This service center will primarily service the northeast Arkansas area.

Previously, area customers were served through three other area service centers. The Jonesboro Service Center will employ 13 individuals, including four new hires from the Jonesboro community. The Jonesboro facility will also open on Sept. 17.