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Cadence Premier opens truck stop in Joliet

Cadence Premier Logistics' headquarters is seen Thursday in Joliet.
Cadence Premier Logistics' headquarters is seen Thursday in Joliet.

Cadence Premier Logistics this week opened its Pit Stop Truck Center, a truck fueling and service center.

The truck stop has been a part of Cadence’s plans since it began to move its corporate office and trucking operations to the Laraway Crossings Business Park.

It becomes the third truck stop along the stretch of Route 53 in the middle of Joliet’s prime logistics district. Three more are planned for the area.

Pit Stop provides truck and trailer parts, diesel fuel sales, electric charging stations and a drive-thru truck wash, Cadence said in a news release. The company also has plans to open a convenience store on the site.

The facility “has been built to accommodate the latest in technologies as transportation moves toward electric and piloted vehicles,” the release stated.

At its adjacent trucking operation, Cadence will add five electric tractors to its own fleet and 20 charging stations for electric vehicles.

Cadence said the additional technology will make it possible to provide training opportunities for local high school and college students through partnerships the company already has developed since moving to Joliet.

Cadence moved its operation from Alsip to Joliet in 2016.

The 77,000-square-foot Pit Stop is the second building on the site, which also includes the company’s corporate offices and training facilities.

Construction and project management was handled by Ryan Companies US Inc., which also is the developer of the Laraway Crossings Business Park.

The business park located at
Route 53 and Laraway Road includes distribution facilities for Amazon and IKEA.

Also located at Route 53 and Laraway Road are a Pilot Travel Center, which opened in 2015, and Route 66 Food N Fuel, which opened in 2013.

Speedway plans to open a truck stop and travel center at Route 53 and Emerald Road, which would be kitty-corner from the Cadence operations.

Route 66 Food N Fuel is working on opening a second location at CenterPoint Way and Vetter Road inside the CenterPoint Intermodal Park – Joliet.

Meanwhile, Love’s Travel Stops plans to begin construction in the spring east of the Route 53 area. The company hopes to open in late 2019 at the Briggs Street interchange with Interstate 80.

Love’s expects to draw 600 trucks and 2,400 cars a day to its truck stop.