Fyda Freightliner opens in West Jefferson

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Preparing to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Fyda Freightliner Columbus Inc. in West Jefferson is Robin Powell (center), wife of the late project manager, Matt Powell. Company president and CEO Tim Fyda said Matt Powell was instrumental in designing the new building in West Jefferson, as well as their other locations throughout the region. A plaque honoring his memory will be placed in the building.

(Posted Oct. 5, 2022)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer

Fyda Freightliner Columbus Inc. hosted a building dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 30 to celebrate their newly relocated full-service heavy commercial truck dealership at 2700 Plain City Georgesville Rd. NE, West Jefferson.

In its former location, Fyda Freightliner Columbus occupied five buildings that housed truck sales, parts and service teams, a body shop, detailing service, its vehicle finance partner Highway Commercial Services, and its corporate employees.

According to manager Neil Fyda, the new 180,000 square-foot building in West Jefferson boasts 24 body shop bays, 60 service bays, 3,500 solar panels that can provide 1.4-megawatts of power, community spaces for customers and employees, and additional amenities such as picnic tables and a four-acre pond stocked with fish. Walking paths and a dog park for customers who travel with their canines are planned, as well.

A statue of a coyote stands near the four-acre pond on the new Fyda Freightliner Columbus Inc. property in West Jefferson. The statue is meant to scare away geese and ducks. The pond is stocked with several types of fish.

The dealership still offers 24/7 parts and service, as well as regular hours for body shop and detailing services.

Fyda Freightliner is a dealer of Freightliner and Western Star trucks, Isuzu commercial trucks, and Crane Carrier vocational chassis.

“It’s exciting to see companies like Fyda choose our county to bring their headquarters to,” said Jon McKanna, executive director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. “I know they are going to thrive, and they are going to be supported by the county commissioners, the chamber, and the village.”

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