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Merrill to Gain Successful New BusinessSubmitted: 04/01/2013

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com

MERRILL - Starting this summer, Merrill will welcome a successful new business to the city.

Elite Carriers is a regional and long-haul trucking company

It will move its operations from Wausau to Merrill's east side.

Elite Carriers employs about 140 people and owns 120 trucks.

It's grown quite a bit since its start in the late 90's.

Now, their current building in Wausau is just too cramped.

A bigger option in Merrill will work much better.

"When we went to see the building, we walked through it, and I kept saying, 'this is perfect for our company, this is perfect for our company.' So we made the decision to purchase the building in Merrill," says owner Tammy Guite.

The Merrill building originally served a different trucking company.

But it hasn't been in permanent use since the late 90's.

The move will mean a slightly longer commute for employees living in Wausau.

But there's a good side, too.

"Fortunately, for the people we already employ from the Merrill area, they're ecstatic over the move because it means they don't have to drive down here to our current location in Wausau," says Guite.

Elite Carriers doesn't expect any turnover on their staff from the move.

They should be in their new home by late summer.


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