Modern, PNW-inspired new look for the OpenRoad headquarters building on East Ellendale next to Walmart
DALLAS, OREGON, June 15, 2022 – OpenRoad officials announced today that the company plans to increase its existing operations in Dallas, necessitating expansion on their current headquarters building. Founded in 2004, the PNW-based logistics company will be adding more than 50 new jobs to the area through a capital investment of roughly $5 million. This initiative is a major step for OpenRoad on its mission to become a global leader in the supply chain and logistics industry.
Before OpenRoad purchased the property in 2019, the building at 288 E Ellendale Avenue was the home of local restaurant, Murphy’s Grill. After renovating the space, the entire OpenRoad group (OpenRoad Transportation, OpenRoad Financial Services, and OpenRoad Trucking) moved in during the summer of 2019. The new headquarters was part of a 5-year plan to grow, however the company’s growth quickly outpaced their projections. Now bursting at the seams only 3 years later, OpenRoad Financial Services has temporarily relocated to a suite across the street while the addition is under construction.
The final product will provide OpenRoad employees with an additional 12,600 square feet of beautiful office space, 2 more conference rooms, an additional breakroom, and a vibrant outdoor space. With work beginning this month, OpenRoad hopes to have the project completed by the summer of 2023.
12,600 square foot addition located on north side of existing building
Charlie Mitchell, Economic and Community Development Director at the City of Dallas, says, “As more quality jobs are created here in Dallas, there is a ripple effect of benefits to the whole community, such as more vibrant civic engagement and a stronger local economy. Company leaders like Mark and Liz are valuable for the Dallas community, not only because of their continued investment into the local job market, but because they give back in many other ways that make OpenRoad a true asset to our community. It’s important to have businesses here like OpenRoad who are growing, who are solid, and who are stable.”
“We have always been proud to be a home-grown, Pacific Northwest business, so the opportunity to continue our expansion in Dallas is exciting to us,” says Mark Weisensee, founder and CEO at OpenRoad.
OpenRoad plans on continuing to recruit talented professionals while the building is under construction. The company’s headquarters is home to a wide array of corporate support and operational positions which serve their remote offices and representatives across the nation. They attribute their ability to attract the area’s top talent to their family-oriented culture, stable business practices, and exciting growth outlook.
“OpenRoad has been fortunate to welcome many wonderful people from a wide range of professional backgrounds,” says Weisensee. “We are committed to providing a superior work environment for our employees and it’s been neat to see that our mission is resonating with so many of our community members. The greater Willamette Valley area is chalk-full of talented individuals, and no matter what type of experience or education a person has, there are plenty of career paths that allow driven professionals to succeed here.”
VP of Operations at OpenRoad, Ryan Miller, says, “As OpenRoad looks to add new members to our team, we are also excited about our proximity to many reputed local colleges, such as Western Oregon University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, George Fox University, Chemeketa Community College, and Willamette University, to name a few. We have already seen great success with hiring new college graduates from these universities and we welcome students across all disciplines to consider a career with OpenRoad.”
The supply chain and logistics industry is an enormous $2 trillion industry, contributing up to 10 % of the nation’s GDP. It is expected to grow at an annual rate of 5% through 2023.
“The supply chain industry has always quietly underpinned the global economy, but the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent supply chain disruptions have shed light on just how critical our company’s role is,” says Weisensee. “People are more aware than ever of the importance of logistics, not only on a global level, but also on a local level, as all of us have followed the challenges of vaccine distribution, household supplies shortages, and everything in between.”
This news comes in the wake of many recent initiatives and accomplishments of the company, including their recent placement on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America, and their national recognition for the 2022 Top Workplaces award.
About OpenRoad: OpenRoad is a privately-owned, people-oriented, and technology-driven global supply chain and logistics provider. We are passionate about connecting people, businesses, and goods through our tailored services for shippers and carriers. We do logistics, we do factoring, and we do trucking. But more than that, we exist to empower the logistics industry, one shipper and one carrier at a time.