Devine is ringing in the New Year by upsizing our home in Reno. As we and our customers have grown in the Reno area, we were spread out among three different warehouses and two separate transport locations.
We desperately needed a new home where our growing 3PL and trucking operations would be under one roof and could continue to flourish. When FedEx moved to a new facility 15 miles east of town near the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC), we jumped on the opportunity to take over their former facility in Reno. It is perfect for us…100,000sqft of warehouse space and a huge drop lot for trailers, containers and trucks.
Watch for more information in future newsletters as well as an invitation to our open house in the spring.
As evidence of Reno/Sparks being a growing logistics hub, the Reno airport posted large gains in air cargo. For the year ending 2016, 156.4 millions of cargo was shipped through the airport, a 13% increase over the previous year. Additionally, logistics jobs in the area have increased by 46%. When you consider you can reach 11 western states within one day by truck, it is no wonder the Reno/Sparks market is booming.
The above picture was taken in Wyoming prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and is a good reminder that winds are a serious issue for trucks. Trucks are top-heavy and prone to getting blown over in high winds and wind gusts. We face this weather issue, especially on the flats east of Reno. Please be patient with us when we say deliveries will be delayed due to high winds.
Reno/Sparks is growing! New businesses, new warehouses, new technologies, and new people are flooding into the area. The Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC), about 15 miles east of Reno, is home to quite a bit of this new growth.
To support their prosperity, the State of Nevada fast-tracked a road construction project extending TRIC’s USA Parkway from I-80 through to Highway 50. This important link connects people to additional job and housing opportunities.
Well done Nevada! Watch the video clip above to put an exclamation point on the importance of this roadway.
There is a festival out in the Black Rock Desert (200 miles north/northeast of Reno) held every year at this time where freedom of expression rules. Interestingly enough we have been banned from using the festival’s name. So much for true freedom of expression.
Pictured above is Devine making a delivery to a location we call Urning-bay An-may (pig latin for the actual name).
Eric Jackson competes at the Reno Riverfestival held along the Truckee River in the center of town. (Scott Sady)
RENO – ONE OF AMERICA’S 25 BEST TOWNS IN 2017
Outside Magazine tapped Reno as the “Best Low-Key Hideout.”
According to the magazine, “Reno is home to the world’s tallest climbing wall (164 feet, at BaseCamp, located at the Whitney Park Hotel), year-round desert mountain biking, a half-mile-long downtown whitewater-kayaking park, and the 55-degree chutes at Mount Rose, just 25 minutes uphill from the slot machines.
The up-and-coming Midtown neighborhood embodies the city’s changing vibe: tattoo parlors, record shops, and vintage-clothing haunts sit side by side with whiskey cocktails at Chapel Tavern, gumbo and catfish at the Mustard Seed, and elk burgers at Midtown Eats.”
Be sure to check out the video of Reno-area activities in the column to the right.
Our commitment to safety was in full force at our Reno Driver Safety Meeting last month. Quarterly, we gather the fleet at each of our terminals to review safe driving skills and general housekeeping.
The hardworking men and women from our Reno terminal traverse Donner Summit in all kinds of weather as well as travel on California’s heavily congested roadways. Thank you all for doing your jobs so professionally.
Reno has been named the second windiest city in the United States. Thanks to the Sierra Nevada storms and the Washoe Zephyr, (yes, it is a thing…check out the video below), Reno had 14 wind events in 2016 with a top speed of 90mph.
Nashville came in first place with a maximum wind speed of 92mph. Chicago, on the other hand, is not living up to its moniker “The Windy City.” For the second year running, Chicago did not make the top 10 list.
The Reno/Sparks area is booming. In 2014, economic planners estimated 52,000 new jobs would be created in the region within five years. Thus far, they are well are track. After just two years, 29,379 new jobs have been generated, and that number does not even include a ramped up Tesla, Panasonic or Switch.
The Reno-sance is in full swing.