Ruan opens new operating center

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Ruan recently opened a new operating center in Ankeny, Iowa.

The 16,5000-square-foot facility will serve as Ruan’s flagship operation, providing office space for team members previously located at its Des Moines facility. Operations team members, drivers, and maintenance technicians are all now located at the new facility, according to the company.

Ninety drivers will be dispatched from the Ankeny Operating Center, serving customers including, Michael Foods, Marzetti, Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, Chemical Research Technologies, and American Protein Inc., among others. The center also has conference and training rooms for new team member orientation, customer meetings, and continued education efforts. There is also designated yard space for in-truck driver training. A state-of-the-art maintenance shop with three service bays and several skilled technicians will service about 100 trucks. The facility also has a wash bay for tractors and trailers.

“This new facility offers our team members state-of-the-art technology and a collaborative workspace to better serve our growing customer base. Central Iowa has always been our home, and we are thrilled to complete the vision for this new space and look forward to continuing to innovate and expand with our valued customers, team members, and future team members,” said CEO Ben McLean.

Ruan’s roots in the Des Moines metro stem back 88 years when founder John Ruan hauled his first load of gravel across the city. The Ruan Center, located at 666 Grand Avenue, was completed in 1975 and still serves as the company’s headquarters today with nearly 400 team members working from the location. Ruan has more than 300 operations across the country, employing 5,600 team members.