- people on the move
Freight broker rolls into market
A freight brokerage from Ohio is planning to open a new sales office in the area that will create 75 jobs.
Cincinnati-based Total Quality Logistics, or TQL, will establish a sales office in Cascade Township, investing $839,000 in the expansion.
The company plans to lease a site at 2650 Horizon Dr. SE.
It will begin operations from the location next February.
The company said it's accepting applications for sales representatives to work out of the office.
The office will be the company’s second Michigan location. It opened an office in Detroit in 2014.
“The success of our Detroit office makes us confident that we can also leverage the pool of talent in Grand Rapids and bring quality jobs to the area,” said Kerry Byrne, president, TQL.
TQL is one of the largest freight brokerages in the U.S.
Over the last five years, the company has expanded nationwide, creating more than 1,000 jobs as part of its growth.
TQL is located in 37 offices across 20 states, connecting shippers to truck carriers.
Its 2014 sales topped $2 billion, and it employs more than 3,700 people.
TQL said it worked with The Right Place in Grand Rapids, and the company said the regional economic development nonprofit played “a strategic role in ensuring we have access to the resources we need to succeed in West Michigan.”
“With such a large concentration of manufacturers and suppliers in West Michigan, the ability to move goods in and out of our region is critical,” said Thad Rieder, senior business development manager, The Right Place. “TQL’s addition to West Michigan’s logistics ecosystem will provide new options for the movement of freight across the state and around the world.”
The Michigan Strategic Fund Board has approved a $300,000 performance-based grant for the company’s expansion through the Michigan Business Development Program.
Cascade Charter Township has also offered support to the project in the form of expedited permitting.