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Shifting gears: With new 77,000-square-foot facility, Melton Truck Lines is poised for growth
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Melton truck lines: planning for the future

Shifting gears: With new 77,000-square-foot facility, Melton Truck Lines is poised for growth

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Melton Truck Lines is finally all moved into its brand new 77,000-square-foot headquarters in east Tulsa.

In addition to new features like a state-of-the-art gym and a restaurant packed with healthy options, the three-story facility offers the once-cramped Melton space to accommodate a planned doubling in size over the next decade.

“I’d always preferred to put our money in trucks and trailers, but it was time to build for our future,” said Bob Peterson, president of the long-haul trucking company that specializes in flatbed trailers.

With six facilities across four states, Melton Truck Lines employs 1,100 truck drivers and 300 support staff, 220 of which are based in Tulsa.

The new corporate headquarters now houses 150 of those Tulsa-based employees. The company will hold its grand opening on April 30.

The new headquarters gives Melton space to accommodate its 10-year growth plan of increasing operations to 2,000 truck drivers and adding an additional 150 support personnel in Tulsa, said Russ Elliott, senior vice president of operations for the company.

Melton’s previous headquarters was 23,000-square-feet, and as the company grows Peterson said that it’s very important to him that they maintain connectedness among the employees.

“One of the things we’re very interested in as we grow is to maintain that small company feel,” Peterson said.

The company worked to maintain connectivity by relying heavily on glass walls and open space in the new office’s design. Floors are also built around a central atrium with a restaurant and gym on the first floor where employees can meet up.

The facility also features screens that will display information about coworkers’ milestones such as work anniversaries.

Also apparent in the new building is Melton’s focus on wellness.

The restaurant called Fuel, a product of an employee wish list when the building was in its planning stages, offers healthy options that are cooked fresh each day.

The state-of-the-art gym offers equipment, classes, locker rooms and a private workout room that female employees have the option of using.

Melton has always been interested in the health of its employees, Peterson said, but in 2006 the company hired a degreed wellness coordinator and began increasing the focus on employee fitness.

Federal regulations require truck drivers to meet blood pressure and glucose requirements, and Melton was losing truck drivers who didn’t meet the health standards to drive a commercial vehicle.

Melton’s former facility featured a 400-square-foot workout space, but the new 3,500-square-foot health and fitness area has made a huge difference in attendance, company wellness manager Bret Bringham said.

During March the gymnasium had 880 visits, and use of the facility has been steady.

“We haven’t had that New Year’s resolution drop off which we’d have about now at the other facility,” Bringham said. “We’ve stayed busy.”

Casey Smith 918-732-8106

casey.smith@tulsaworld.com

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