FAIRFIELD (2:51 p.m.) — MV Transportation is moving its headquarters from Fairfield to Dallas, joining Copart as the second major, local firm to make that announcement in little more than a year.
The company runs buses and paratransit services across the nation. Locally, it operates Fairfield and Suisun Transit buses.
MV Transportation administrative departments will move from Westamerica Drive in Fairfield to the Premier Place office building on the North Central Expressway in Dallas over the coming months, a company press release said. But it will still maintain a local presence. It will lease offices in Solano County to house a procurement team and to serve as a West Coast hub for traveling employees, the press release said.
“Moving our headquarters will centrally position the company geographically, allowing us to better serve our customers and optimize efficiencies,” Carter Pate, chief executive officer of MV Transportation, said in the press release.
MV Transportation will move 32 positions from its Fairfield headquarters and the employees now filling the positions have been offered the chance to move to the Dallas office. The procurement center that is to take the headquarters’ place will employ nine people.
Copart employs far more people at its headquarters, more than 400, but local officials saw an echo to that company’s decision last year to move to Dallas.
“Again, we’re going to lose some good people, a good business,” Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Leslie Fay said Wednesday. “A lot of their employees have been there a long time and their families are here.”
MV Transportation has been active with the chamber and the community, Fay said. She noted that Jon Monson, former chief executive officer of MV Transportation and still on the company’s board of directors, served as the chamber’s executive board chairman in 2006.
Despite the pending move, MV Transportation will remain active in the local community, doing such things as working with nonprofit groups, MV Transportation spokeswoman Cristina Russell said.
“The community is still very important to everybody at MV,” Russell said.
MV Transportation will continue running the Fairfield and Suisun Transit buses, as called for by its contract, she said. MV Transportation also operates the Solano County Transit bus service in Vallejo and Benicia.
“While MV Transportation’s corporate headquarters and support staff will no longer be located in Fairfield, MV continues to be one of the area’s largest employers,” Pate said in an email. “The company employs more than 300 people throughout its operating divisions in the county and our commitment to our customers and the community remains the same.”
Fay and City Councilman John Mraz blamed the state’s business climate in part on decisions by companies such as MV Transportation to leave California. Meanwhile, in a press release, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings praised the business climate in his state.
“Dallas welcomes MV Transportation to the city with open arms,” Rawlings said in the release. “The relocation of this leading transportation firm’s headquarters further demonstrates the city’s pro-business climate and our position for continued growth.”
Pate said in an email that, “while the business climate was not the primary deciding factor for the relocation, it certainly helps.”
The company was founded in 1975 in San Francisco and moved its headquarters from Denver to Fairfield in 1996.
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FAIRFIELD — MV Transportation is moving its global headquarters from Fairfield to Dallas.
The company announced the move Tuesday on its website.
The move comes after an executive office was established in Dallas, which included relocation of the company’s top executives, according to the release. All administrative overhead departments now located in the Fairfield office will move to Dallas over the next few months.
That includes human resources, treasury and information technology support, according to the release. The company has extended offers to employees in affected positions to relocate to Dallas.
The move will bring about 200 employees to Dallas, according to the release. It was immediately know how many of those will come from Fairfield.
The company plans to lease office space in Solano County to house its procurement team and to serve as a West Coast hub for employees traveling to the area, according to the release.
MV Transportation was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1975 and has had its headquarters in Fairfield since 1996. It is the largest private provider of paratransit services and the largest privately owned passenger transportation contracting company that’s based in the U.S., according to the release.
This is the second announcement of a major Fairfield-based firm moving portions of its operations to Texas. Automobile auction company Copart announced last year that it is relocating its corporate office from Fairfield to Dallas.
Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected]