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Big trucking firm builds in Lathrop
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LATHROP — After more than a year of discussion before the Lathrop City Council, Gordon Trucking Inc. is finally breaking ground this month at 12950 Harlan Road.

The company’s new satellite terminal, located just north of Stonebridge Lane, is scheduled to open for business in November of this year. The project will encompass 16 acres which include a 23,000-square-foot facility.

Gordon Trucking Inc. is the 24th largest truckload carrier, operating throughout Northern North America with over 1,600 trucks. The company was founded in 1946 in the State of Washington, where it still maintains its headquarters.

When the project first came before the council for discussion early last year regarding wastewater capacity allowance at the business site, some residents raised concerns about increased truck traffic in the town’s major thoroughfares as a result. There were also some concerns among the council members as to whether the trucking business offered the city the best bang for the buck in terms of generating tax revenues for the city, as opposed to allocating the sewer capacity allotted to the trucking company to another type of business such as a restaurant.

However, people such as Mike Locke, who was president of San Joaquin Partnership at the time, went to bat for the trucking company, extolling the economic virtues of the project and urging the council to approve the sale of the wastewater treatment capacity that would get the project going.

The proposed construction project is located in the industrial area along North Harlan Road.

The third-generation family-owned trucking business was founded in 1946 by Jay Gordon as Gordon Fast Freight serving western Washington, according to GTI’s Director of Terminal Operations in Modesto, Jim Dingman, during his presentation to the council last year. The company’s original client and product shipped was Lucky Lager Beer. In 1980, the founder’s son, Larry, and his wife Virginia opened Gordon Trucking Inc. and with GFF, managed 50 trucks. In 1984, Larry and Virginia purchased GFF from Larry’s father, which merged the two companies under the name GTI.

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