Truck business will build facility at routes 142 and I-70

(Posted Jan. 15, 2020)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A commercial truck dealer plans to build a 130,000 square-foot facility near the State Route 142 exit off of I-70.

Fyda Freightliner, currently located on the west side of Columbus, plans to move its operations to 49 acres on Plain City-Georgesville Road across from Prairie Oaks Metro Park. On Jan. 14, the Madison County commissioners approved rezoning of the property from agriculture to general commercial.

Tim Fyda, president of the company, said the business is landlocked in its current location off of Hilliard-Rome Road and is at capacity inside and out. Fyda Freightliner sells and services commercial trucks and truck parts and operates a commercial truck body shop. Currently, that work takes place in five buildings that total about 70,000 square feet.

The new facility in Madison County will almost double the company’s space and increase efficiency by bringing all operations under one roof, Fyda said. The property also will allow for more parking than the existing location.

“We’re really impressed with Madison County and this whole process, and we look forward to being here,” Fyda said.

The application for rezoning was submitted to the regional planning commission on Nov. 12, received approval from the county zoning commission on Dec. 5, and went before the county commissioners for approval on Jan. 14.

The plan is to break ground on the new facility this summer. Construction will take 12 to 18 months to complete. Fyda said the company will bring all of its 140 employees with them to the new site. Over time, the number of employees could increase to 200, he added.

Fyda represents the second generation to run the family business, which his father founded in 1954. He said a third generation of the family also is at work at the business.

Marlin Yutzy, a West Jefferson resident and owner of the 49 acres Fyda Freightliner plans to purchase, praised the company and its president.

“It’s a family-run business. This is the kind of guy you want here,” Yutzy said.

County Commissioner Mark Forrest said he is happy to see interest in the Route 142/I-70 area.

“We’re anxious to see that area develop,” he said.

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