Double J Transport will move to new location Dec. 1
New facility to be 4 times size of current location

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

Nov. 15, 2017

A worker applies stain Tuesday morning to wood beams at the front entrance of the trucking complex built by Double J Transport in the town of Polk. The company plans to move into the 20,000 square-foot facility Dec. 1. The company’s facility in the Jackson Industrial Park is only about 5,000 square feet.
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TOWN OF POLK — After decades of leasing their location in Jackson, Double J Transport will soon move into a newly constructed building they will own and which is four times the size of their current facility.

Double J Transport LLC is a provider of regional, inter-regional and national transportation service to customers large and small. According to the company website, current customers include: Duplainville Transport (Quad Graphics), Leonard’s Transportation, Forward Air Freight Inc. and Ceva Logistics. The services they offer range from long-haul over-the-road, dedicated regional, reefer or dry vans, full truckload or LTL and hazardous materials. “Our current facility in Jackson is about 5,000 square feet,” Double J Transport President Jerome Fechter said. “We’ve far outgrown that space. Our new location is about 20,000 square feet and we have room to expand farther down the line if that’s needed.”

Fechter said his company has 102 trucks and about 120 employees, but they continue to grow every year which forced the need for a new and larger location.

“We don’t have room for 102 trucks on our present property,” Fechter said. “We rent half of the parking lot in the property behind us for trailer parking so we have enough room for everything.”

He added, “We’ve been growing every year 10-15 percent and the facility we’re at now we’re just completely strapped for room there. We’re four years into this project. From the date we decided to build it to the date we broke ground in April that was three-and-a-half years and then construction has taken from then until now.”

Fechter said the company has been in business for decades. It once operated under a different name.

“My dad and I were partners when we started. I had one truck myself that I drove for my dad and it grew from there,” Fechter said. “I started driving when I was 16 and started driving over the road around 21 or 22.”

Fechter said there was always a Jerome Fechter and Son Trucking, but then in 1997 the name was changed to Double J Transport.

Double J Transport President Jerome Fechter, left, poses Tuesday morning with his his son, Keith, in front of a large sign visible from Highway 45 at the company’s nearly finished facility on Highway P.
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He said the new location is a better location with the visibility from Highway 45 and the facility located on Highway P.

“Here we’ve got visibility on both sides here. You can’t put a price on the visibility,” Fechter said. “It’s free advertising.”

Fechter said everything will be bigger and better at the new location than at the industrial park site.

“We have a bigger shop, more storage for tires and parts, we have an inspection and oil change pit which we didn’t have before and we also have a truck wash bay here for washing all of our equipment,” Fechter said. “We also have more room for offices. We do want to add office staff here next year along with more trucks and drivers next year. There is growth planned for next year.”

Fechter’s son, Keith, also works for the company as vice president and shop maintenance manager “We’re always looking to hire good drivers,” Keith said. “You can’t have enough of them.”

“My dad and I were partners when we started. I had one truck myself that I drove for my dad and it grew from there.”