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Lathrop makes way for truck wash facility on Harlan
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When Heartland Express – which purchased Gordon Trucking – wanted to build a truck wash at it’s only Northern California terminal in Lathrop, they had just one question to answer.

Where are they going to send all of the used water?

Last week the Lathrop City Council answered that question by authorizing the City of Lathrop to sell Heartland Express 18 interceptor service units to allow them access to an additional 4,680-gallons of wastewater capacity every day at a cost of $152,388.

Each of the ISUs equals approximately 260 gallons of sewer daily that will be disposed of at the Manteca Water Quality Control Facility through an arrangement between the cities of Manteca and Lathrop.

Heartland Express was required to a pay a $500 transfer service fee to the City of Lathrop to cover the staff time to facilitate the transaction.

The proceeds from the sale of the ISUs will be deposited into the city’s sewer connection fund, and will be used for sewer related projects and to help pay back the cost to expand the facility that will receive the discharged water.

With the original 15 ISUs that were allocated to the project at its initial approval back in 2010, the truck wash will be able to discharge up to 8,580 gallons of water per day.

Heartland Express of Iowa, a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ stock market, purchased the Washington-based Gordon Trucking in 2013 for $300 million – creating was then the fifth-largest asset-based trucking company in America which earned a total revenue of more than $1 billion annually.

The company operates its Lathrop facility – the only one in Northern California and only the second in the state after Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California – at 12550 South Harlan Road. It operates facilities across the country.

In order for the truck wash to become a reality for the company, the cost of the ISUs will have be paid with 30 days of the council decision, and a building permit will need to be secured within one year of the transfer approval or else the cost will be refunded at the city’s discretion. The truck wash was originally planned for the Harlan Road facility when the site plan was first approved by the planning commission, but the owner at the time chose to delay construction of that element of the project.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.