Graves expands

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Graves expands - raves PI ans Major Salina Expansion A homegrown...
raves PI ans Major Salina Expansion A homegrown Salina industry has announced a planned expansion which could double its present payroll in the Salina area. William H. Graves, president of Graves Truck Lines, Inc., said his firm,-a family - owned corporation, will construct a new $500,090 terminal, shops and headquarters on .-an, 11-acre site in Westport. Exchange, an industrial park near Crawford and Interstate 35\V. • Graves now employs 150 persons in the Salina area. The Graves announcement said (he proposed expansion will enable the truck lines, probably the largest Kansas- based carrier, io double tliat number during the next five years. Construction of the new facility will start shortly after Jan. 1 if weather permits, Graves said. loan to help finance the development. Senators Frank Carlson and James Pearson announced the loan approval from their Washington offices. Financing also' involves the four Salina banks and Salina, Inc. The SBA loan. Sen. Carlson's office said, is for $302, 400. '.,'-' Salina, 'Inc., is approved as a development company by SBA. The Graves loan is its second major success in recent months. Earlier, the corporation aided financing of the Craddock corporation, a band uniform manufacturer now established at the Salina Airport Industrial Center. Dan Bolen, Salina realtor, is president of Salina, Inc. He said stock in the corporation is being made available to Salinans at the Chamber of Commerce. Jim Trickett, director of the Cham- ber's economic development department, is Salina, Inc., secretary. William Graves said the planned facilities include a "break bulk point" along with shops and headquarters and terminal structures. It's the first major development for' Westport Exchange •and will join a truck stop already operating there. Graves Truck Lines, a major carrier in the midwest which operates in four states, started in late 1934 when W. P. Graves began operating a farm =• to- market truck in the Salina area. His sons now operate a business which stretches throughout Kansas and into Colorado, Oklahoma and Nebraska. There are more than' 20 terminals in the Graves operation plus dozens of firms which act as Graves agents. Besides the president, William II. Graves, brothers in the firm are John, of Salina, Dwight, of Wichita, and James, of Kansas City. "We lived on a farm south of Kansas Wcsleyan," William Graves remembers, "when ' my father started hauling hogs arid cattle from farm to market," The firm has had steady growth during the intervening years and has absorbed several other lines. Terminals now are operated in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb:; Pueblo, Colo.; Blackwell, Enid and Oklahoma Cily, Okla., and in Salina, Kansas City, Topeka, Hutchinson, Wichita, Dodge City, Garden City, Liberal, Colby, Oakley, WaKecney, Hays, Russell, HiH City, Plainville and Concordia, al! in Kansas.

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  1. The Salina Journal,
  2. 10 Nov 1966, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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