Nextran Corporation announced it broke ground on its regional location adjacent to Highway 85, northeast of Atlanta.I'm pleased that Duluth was selected for Nextran's flagship location," said Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris. "It's both an economic boost and an opportunity for new jobs. We are proud to welcome Nextran to our community."The new Atlanta area location, which the company said will create 80 new jobs, is scheduled to open in mid-2016 and will provide access to the many major highway interchanges in the region. The 55,000-sq.-ft. facility will house both sales and service functions, focused on medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The service shop, a large space of more than 120 linear feet, will feature an overhead crane spanning 112 feet, and a separate area for repair of vehicles powered by natural gas."With the opening of our 15th location, we continue to expand our network of Nextran Truck Centers to serve our trucking industry customers who have the important responsibility of delivering essential products for America's businesses and consumers," said Jon W. Pritchett, president and CEO. "Our customers rely on us to keep them moving everyday – to us, it's about more than just selling and servicing trucks – it's about helping our customers fulfill the promises they've made to their customers. We take that responsibility very seriously.""The addition of a new Nextran location to Mack's extensive dealership network will further Mack's ability to offer a low total cost of ownership to customers and help improve uptime support," said Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America. "Nextran is a recognized leader among truck dealers in terms of service and innovation. This facility will be a flagship dealership for Mack Trucks, and we look forward to our ongoing partnership with Nextran as we continue to provide service and support for our customers."