Governor Scott Announces TQL Expansion Will Create 60 New Jobs in Dania Beach
DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced Total Quality Logistics (TQL), one of the largest freight-brokerage firms in the country, will be expanding in Dania Beach and creating 60 new jobs. The expansion of their logistics operation will also create a capital investment of approximately $600,000 in Broward County. TQL has operations in Dania Beach, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando and Daytona Beach and currently employs nearly 450 Floridians across the state.
Governor Scott said, “TQL has experienced exciting success in Florida and I am proud to announce the creation of 60 new jobs in Dania Beach today. We look forward to working with the Legislature to create the new Florida Enterprise Fund so more job creators like TQL can continue to create new jobs and diversify our economy.”
The Dania Beach expansion is in addition to their recent Daytona Beach opening that will create 100 new jobs, and the recent announcement that TQL will add a new carrier services division to its operations in Tampa that will create up to 200 new jobs. The company began operations in Florida in 2010 and has been recognized numerous times as a top employer in the Sunshine State.
TQL President Kerry Byrne said, “Thank you to Governor Scott and Enterprise Florida for their efforts to support new business growth in the state and build a competitive workforce. Our experience has been extremely positive working with the state to grow our presence and find the quality, professional talent we need to continue to grow our market share in the logistics industry.”
Florida’s expansive and multi-modal infrastructure is among the best in the nation. As the Western Hemisphere's commercial gateway, Florida's logistics & distribution industry is poised to grow further with the Panama Canal expansion in 2016, and the numerous infrastructure developments and upgrades underway around the state.
Bill Johnson, Enterprise Florida president and CEO said, “Florida is one of the top states in the country for infrastructure and logistics, and that is why we keep attracting great companies like TQL. We congratulate TQL on their continued success and wish them the best as they continue to grow and create new opportunities in Florida.”
The TQL expansion was made possible through partnerships between Enterprise Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSource Florida, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County, and Dania Beach.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “TQL’s continued expansion across the state is a win for Florida’s economy. Today’s announcement is great news for 60 families in Broward County and continues our trend of making Florida a national hub for logistics and distribution.”
As part of the project, CareerSource Florida has offered TQL performance-based grants for employee training through the Quick Response Training program. Quick Response Training grants are structured to be flexible and responsive to the training needs of new or expanding businesses.
Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan said, “We are thrilled to celebrate the growth of TQL, a major national player in the logistics industry. We’re glad to be part of TQL’s long-range growth strategy, providing jobs today and in the future, here in Broward County.
City of Dania Beach Mayor Marco Salvino, Sr. said, “We are very pleased TQL is expanding its presence in the City of Dania Beach. We look forward to TQL’s continued success in our City.”
Bob Swindell, president and CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance said, “Global Logistics are an important targeted industry for Broward County and we are excited for TQL’s statewide growth, and grateful they chose to expand in Dania Beach.”
ABOUT TOTAL QUALITY LOGISTICS
TQL is the middle man of the transportation industry - connecting companies needing products hauled with carriers delivering goods. Their ability to connect customers to the hundreds of thousands of trucks belonging to small carriers and owner/operators creates greater efficiency in transportation and keeps the economy moving. TQL’s Fort Lauderdale office is located at 1855 Griffin Road, Suite A-410. The office is hiring and interested job seekers can learn more at www.tqljobs.com.
ENTERPRISE FLORIDA, INC. (EFI)
EFI is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth for Florida businesses through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses.
THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE ALLIANCE
is Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development. Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County. Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research; and serving as a liaison for workforce development between CareerSource Broward, educational institutions and the business community. To learn more, call (954) 524-3113.