Indiana Trucking Company Plans Bullitt County Facility To Mitigate Toll Costs

Clarksville-based Summitt Trucking LLC plans to open a new location in Bullitt County as a means of saving money on tolls expected as a part of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Owner David Summitt said in an interview that he expects the company to close on land for the new location by the end of the month. Summitt is buying the former Brooks Elementary School building at 1800 East Blue Lick Road in Hillview. He declined to say how much he\’s spending on the project but he estimated it at more than a million dollars.
Clarksville-based Summitt Trucking LLC plans to open a new location in Bullitt County as a means of saving money on tolls expected as a part of the Ohio River Bridges Project.
The space will be used for trucking operations for the company, giving it access to customers in Kentucky without a bridge to cross. The Ohio River Bridges Project includes two new spans over the river — one downtown and one on the East End. (We reported earlier this week that the downtown bridge is expected to be open by Christmas.) The project is going to be financed with tolls, which will have a major impact on a company that crosses the river many times per day.

\”When that happens, it\’s going to be extremely expensive for us — like $60,000 per month,\” Summitt said.
The new location not only removes the bridge from many of the company\’s routes but it also gets it closer to customers. It\’ll be within five to six miles of the majority of its customers, he said. He estimates having this second location will save the company about $1 million per year in operational costs.

The company also plans to make use of the school building.
The former gym will be converted into a shop for light repair work, such as headlight and tire replacement. The front of the building will be used as office space for the company\’s operations. And about 45 classrooms in the building will be converted for use as public storage space.
The company\’s home office will remain in Clarksville. He wasn\’t sure how many employees will work in Bullitt County but estimated that the operation would start with only a few. It could grow to as many as 40 over time, he said. He hopes to have the facility open and running within the next six months.
Phil Charmoli, industrial brokerage adviser for Commercial Kentucky Inc., brokered the land deal. Attorney Eric Ferris, with Shepherdsville-based Buckman & Farris PSC, represented the company on the transaction.
Summitt Trucking came in at No. 4 on our most recent trucking companies list, with 87 locally based drivers.
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