FRANKFORT, Ky. — Total Quality Logistics (TQL), one of the largest freight brokerage and third-party logistics firms in North America, will grow its presence in the commonwealth with expansions at three offices across Lexington, Louisville and unincorporated Boone County, resulting in up to 525 new full-time Kentucky-resident jobs.
TQL has operated in Kentucky for more than a decade, opening its Louisville and Lexington offices in 2011 and its Boone County location in 2012. The company currently employs about 800 people in the commonwealth.
The projects will support significantly increased demand for the company’s transportation services. The Lexington location anticipates an increase of 300 full-time positions, with the Boone County and Louisville locations expecting to add 125 and 100 employees, respectively. New jobs created across the offices will include entry-level and senior roles across sales, customer service and operations.
“We have had a presence in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over a decade,” said TQL President Kerry Byrne. “We appreciate the collaboration of state and local leaders of Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky to help us grow to new heights and are committed to expansion in the state.”
Headquartered in Cincinnati, TQL was founded in 1997 and provides freight brokerage and third-party logistics services domestically and internationally. Annually, TQL arranges the movement of more than 3 million loads of freight across the U.S. and internationally through its comprehensive portfolio of logistics services and network of more than 130,000 carriers. TQL has offices in 26 states, employing over 8,000 people. TQL is experiencing significant growth, with a substantial increase in revenue and the number of employees.
Northern Kentucky Tri-ED CEO Lee Crume noted TQL is a significant employer in the Cincinnati region and contributes to the growth of the supply chain management target cluster identified by EY in a recent report. “According to the recent target industry analysis released by Tri-ED, supply chain management employment will grow 28% from 2020-2025 in Northern Kentucky,” Crume said. “TQL is an incredible corporate citizen in the Cincinnati region and we welcome their growth with the new, professional jobs they are creating in unincorporated Boone County.”
To encourage investment and job growth in the communities, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved three 10-year incentive agreements with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreements are based on the creation and retention of an aggregate 525 Kentucky-resident full-time jobs at the three locations over 10 years, along with annual wage and investment requirements.
In addition, Total Quality Logistics can receive resources from Kentucky’s workforce service providers. These include no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives.
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