Central Freight in Waco referred the comment to spokesperson Teresa Harvey, who said by phone that Central should not be mentioned in the Tribune-Herald article, as the news was about long-term use proposed by Mercer.
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She took issue with the idea of Waco remaining the headquarters of Central Freight, although she acknowledged the presence of an accounts payable staff.
Mercer said he was unsure whether Central Freight planned to have a terminal in Waco in the long term, whether on West Waco Drive or elsewhere. He said Kris Collins, senior vice president of economic development at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, works to keep Central Waco employees working.
“Central Freight is a long-time valued member of the Waco community,” Collins said in an email. “Our economic development efforts include retention of existing businesses, and we will work with the company to identify opportunities to support continued operations at Waco.”
A company timeline on the Central Freight website includes a mention that in 1995, “the consolidation of Central, Coles, Spartan and Viking Freight Systems into Viking Freight Inc. was announced, creating a national freight carrier and commencing the closure of Central’s head office in Waco. . “
Then, in 1997, better news came when central senior management formed an investment group to acquire “selected assets” from the old Central Freight of Viking Freight and reopened it as the new Central Freight Lines. .