Fyda Freightliner Columbus Holds Building Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Mark Grand Opening
Columbus, OH… Fyda Freightliner Columbus, Inc. held its Building Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. The newly relocated dealership is now at 2700 NE Plain City Georgesville Road in West Jefferson, at exit 85 off I-70. The event was attended by almost 40 vendor companies and 500+ customers, vendors, and employees.
In addition, there were several members of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, West Jefferson Fire and Sheriff’s departments and other local dignitaries in attendance.
“We are pleased by the turnout of so many of our customers and vendors, as well as local business partners, dignitaries and heroes,” said Gary Tiffan, general manager of Fyda’s Columbus and Zanesville operations. “It was a special day to recognize all who have made the project possible and thank members of the community for welcoming Fyda to the area.”
During the Grand Opening, Tim Fyda, President and CEO of Fyda Freightliner, dedicated the new building to Matt Powell, the general contractor whose vision has brought to life four of the Fyda locations, as well as renovations for the other three locations. Powell died in a tragic accident in January 2022 and was unable to see this project to fruition. His wife Robin cut the ribbon during the ceremony with their three children standing with her.
“It was a privilege to have Matt’s family here with us on this special day. We knew Matt for 28 years, and his insight and expertise made this all possible,” Fyda said. “He is truly missed.”
In its former location, Fyda Freightliner Columbus occupied five buildings that housed truck sales, parts & service teams, a body shop, detailing service, its vehicle finance partner Highway Commercial Services, and its corporate employees.
The new 180,000-sq. ft. facility combines all five buildings into one, to provide more convenient and seamless service for our customers. The property houses more service and body shop bays, a larger parts inventory, provides more parking options and expanded capabilities and amenities such as gated parking, trailer parking, detailing services, a four-acre pond stocked with several types of fish, an expanded driver’s lounge with televisions and a pool table, and more.
The building also features 3500 solar panels (approximately a 1.4-megawatt installation) on the roof that will produce more electricity than the dealership needs and will feed the excess power back into the power grid.
The dealership still offers 24/7 parts and service, as well as regular hours for body shop and detailing services.
About Fyda Freightliner
Since 1954, Fyda Freightliner has been committed to partnering with customers in the commercial vehicle industry to help them succeed. Today, the company is an award-winning and nationally recognized dealer of Freightliner and Western Star trucks, Isuzu commercial trucks and Crane Carrier vocational chassis. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our Unifying Principles, we work hand in hand with our customers to provide the best service possible. The Customer is First at Fyda Freightliner.
Fyda Freightliner operates dealerships in Columbus, Zanesville, Cincinnati and Youngstown, Ohio; Pittsburgh (Canonsburg) and Barkeyville (Harrisville), Pennsylvania; and Walton (Richwood), Kentucky. For more information, visit us online at www.fydafreightliner.com.
Ribbon Cutting by Matt Powell’s widow, Robin.
Left to right: Tim Fyda dedicates the new Fyda Freightliner Columbus building to the late builder, Matt Powell as his family (pictured at the right) looks on.
Parts stacked to the roof!
Left to right: Neil Fyda is all smiles as he receives the permanent certificate of occupancy from Madison County Building Inspector Tom Hale.
Deluxe Drivers Lounge with multiple TVs and a pool table.
Expansive Parts Department.