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Cody Stracke of B-D Construction Inc. gets busy Thursday afternoon on the earthwork for an addition to the west side of Sahling Kenworth trucking company at 3130 E. 23rd St. Plans called for finishing up the earthwork for the addition's concrete pad on Friday.

The wait will be over soon at Sahling Kenworth trucking dealership on the eastern edge of Columbus.

The full-service dealership at 3130 E. 23rd St., just east of the intersection with East 29th Avenue, launched a two-pronged expansion of the business Thursday that will allow for Sahling Kenworth to eliminate the current two- to three-day wait for customers wanting to get work done on their trucking equipment.

“The additions are needed to better serve our customers,” said Jason Ramussen, the dealership’s general manager, who was preparing Friday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for the beginning of B-D Construction Inc.’s project to expand the business.

“Right now, they (customers) have to wait to get anything in for service,” Rasmussen said.

The Sahling executive said the waiting period was an unacceptable hardship for customers who needed access to their equipment and couldn’t wait for service.

The metal building additions on the west and north sides of Sahling Kenworth will add a combined 62,000 square-feet of space to the business. The project calls for four new service bays to be added to a 33-foot by 70-foot addition on the west side and 2,800 square-feet of space for its parts warehouse on the north side.

“The business has grown at a steady rate and now we’re operating at capacity,” Rasmussen said.

B-D Construction Project Manager Darrell Burrows was busy Friday morning working to finalize the timeline for construction work. He said he was hoping the earthwork, started on Thursday, would be completed within a day or two.

“We’re fast, we've got to be,” said Burrows, who will then be ready to move on to getting the buildings’ concrete pads underway.

Sahling Kenworth, with locations in Columbus, Kearney and York, opened in Columbus as a parts-only business in 1997. The business became a full-service dealership locally in 2010.

The dealership provides sales and service for a large selection of new and used heavy duty and medium duty trucks, Timpte and Wilson grain trailers and Maurer step deck and grain trailers.

Some of the company’s primary Columbus and area customers include Gehring Concrete, Hanson and Hanson and Selden Trucking.

Jim Osborn is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at jim.osborn@lee.net.

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