LANSING | Village officials are pleased that a Waukesha, Wis.-based company that sells and repairs Peterbilt-brand trucks in Illinois and Wisconsin began operations in the south suburb this week.
JX Peterbilt renovated the former Hyster Lift Co. site at 2100 Bernice Road, so that it will include six service bays, a parts warehouse and retail area, and driver waiting area. They also are building a new structure on the site of what was a vacant house at 2203 Bernice Road.
There is still some construction work to be done at the latter site that will house office space for the company, with officials saying they expect a formal groundbreaking in March when it is complete and weather is better. But the company opened for business in Lansing as of Monday, said Village Trustee Mikal Stole.
“We’re extremely excited to have them here,” Stole said during Tuesday’s Village Board meeting, while Village Trustee Dan Lyzenga said the combination of Peterbilt and an International House of Pancakes restaurant just off of Torrence Avenue is a sign that businesses are willing to locate in Lansing.
Peterbilt officials said the Lansing location is their seventh one in Illinois and one of 16 overall. They say a Lansing location will help them provide service to Chicago’s South Side, surrounding suburbs and Northwest Indiana.
They say the Lansing facility will serve customers with parts, maintenance and repair capabilities with factory-trained technicians.
It also will provide truck rental and leasing through the company’s JX PacLease division.
“We continue to expand, driven by our mission to exceed customer expectations for cost-effective convenience and unparalleled satisfaction," said company President and CEO Eric Jorgensen, in a prepared statement.
“Lansing gives us an additional point of customer contact in one of the country’s most densely populated urban areas with a high concentration of carriers, contractors and end users from most every market segment,” Jorgensen said.
Company officials say the dealership will have prominent signs easily seen by motorists passing through the area on Interstate 80/94 and those driving along Ill. 83.
Village officials last year said the new facility had the potential to create about 20 new full-time jobs in Lansing.
Officials would not say on Tuesday how many actually have been created, but village Planning and Development Director Kristi DeLaurentiis said, “they are open, and they have created some jobs, with more likely to come in the future.”