Total Quality Logistics to Expand in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) – A national company is growing in Louisville. Governor Steve Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer today joined company officials to celebrate the expansion of Total Quality Logistics LLC (TQL) in Jefferson County.
TQL, the nation’s second largest freight brokerage firm, is expected to create up to 50 new jobs and invest $800,000 into the project.
“We congratulate TQL on its success and growth in Louisville,” said Gov. Beshear. “Jefferson County certainly is on a roll with new projects and expansions by existing companies in the region. We’re glad that TQL is growing, creating new jobs and investing in the Commonwealth.”
“TQL’s expansion demonstrates not only Louisville’s great strengths as a place of doing business, but also our strength as a logistics hub,” said Mayor Fischer. “Our economic development work around our key business clusters is paying off, and it is exciting to see another expansion of an existing company and gain new jobs for our workforce.”
TQL is expanding in Louisville, moving into a new 14,000-square-foot office on S. 4th Street, near Fourth Street Live!, and purchasing equipment. The expansion will help the company accommodate its growing workforce.
“We plan to double the number of employees in Kentucky over the next three years,” said TQL Executive Vice President Kerry Byrne. “This celebration of our Louisville team’s new office in the heart of downtown starts a new chapter of TQL’s growth, both in Louisville and in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
TQL’s Louisville location opened in 2011 and currently employs 65 workers. The company, headquartered in Cincinnati, also has locations in Lexington and Erlanger, employing a combined 270 people in Kentucky.
For 17 years, TQL has specialized in arranging transportation of full truckload shipments for companies across the country. The company, which has offices throughout the country, facilitates the movement of more than 800,000 truckload shipments to more than 10,000 customers each year.
“I am pleased with TQL’s accomplishments that have made it possible for the company to expand its facility and create new jobs,” said Sen. Gerald Neal, of Louisville. “TQL is a good corporate partner, and I wish them continued success in Louisville.”
“I’m happy to see TQL take this step to expand its local operations and add these jobs,” said Rep. Darryl Owens, of Louisville. “This is another example showcasing how our community has created an environment that makes it easier for companies like this to locate here and grow. It is also another feather in the cap for our outstanding workforce.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in Louisville, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $450,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
ABOUT TOTAL QUALITY LOGISTICS
TQL is one of the largest freight brokerage firms in the nation, connecting shippers who have truckload freight that needs to be moved with quality carriers who have the capacity to move it. TQL works with more than 50,000 carriers across North America, giving the company access to millions of trucks to help its customers move freight efficiently and economically. TQL identifies the right trucks for particular freight loads, negotiates rates, and satisfies its customers’ delivery requirements. The company’s insistence on honest, straightforward communications and 24/7/365 operations minimizes missed shipments, delays, and product shortages on store shelves.