Foodliner celebrates grand opening of Cedar Rapids terminal

Up to 30 drivers will work from former CRST driving school facility

Foodliner grand opening ribbon cutting
Mike O'Connor, vice president of operations for Foodliner, cuts the ribbon at a grand opening ceremony for the company's new terminal in southwest Cedar Rapids Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. CREDIT RICHARD PRATT

Foodliner officials gathered Thursday, Nov. 16 to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new terminal in southwest Cedar Rapids.

The new terminal began operations Oct. 1 and will be fully operational by the end of the year. It is located at 5020 18th Ave. SW, at a facility previously utilized for CRST’s NADTA truck driving school before that program was closed in late 2022.

The site will house drivers, a driver’s lounge, Cedar Rapids terminal manager Justin Wolfe, and a full-service truck shop, company officials said. Up to 30 drivers will work from the Cedar Rapids terminal.

The opening of the Cedar Rapids site brings Foodliner full circle, as the nation’s largest food-grade bulk distribution trucking carrier previously operated a terminal in Cedar Rapids.

The company decided to open the new Cedar Rapids location as a strategic move, according to Mike O’Connor, Foodliner’s vice president of operations.

“The addition of the Cedar Rapids terminal will allow for our team to better serve our drivers and customers in this market, while adding additional business opportunities,” Mr. O’Connor said.

The Cedar Rapids Foodliner terminal will serve bulk food customers in several states, including Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri.

The Cedar Rapids market was previously served from Foodliner’s terminal in Eddyville. The Eddyville location will remain fully operational, providing service to customers and stakeholders in southeast Iowa.

Foodliner, headquartered in Dubuque, also has Iowa terminals in Blue Grass, Clinton, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Muscatine, Sioux City and Waterloo. The largest bulk food grade carrier in the country, Foodliner is part of McCoy Group, Inc., founded in 1958 by Robert McCoy in Shullsburg, Wisconsin.