Third-party logistics provider Total Quality Logistics (TQL) is investing $565,000 to establish a Columbia facility that officials expect will create 100 jobs over the next five years.
The facility is scheduled to open Oct. 26, and hiring is already underway.
TQL's Charleston facility recently placed first in South Carolina's Best Places to Work survey.
“We have experienced great success in South Carolina with our Charleston office," TQL President Kerry Byrne said. "We’re excited to expand into Columbia, where we will have access to a deep talent pool and an opportunity to continue growing our business. Reaching into new markets like Columbia is one of the keys to our long-term success.”
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley agreed.
“It’s exciting to see one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies make the decision to open up a new office in our state," she said.
South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt called TQL's expansion "a testament to the logistics advantages and pro-business environment that South Carolina offers."
"We’re excited to have such a dynamic company establish operations in the Midlands and look forward to their success in our state for many years to come,” he said.
Total Quality Logistics Inc. was launched in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1997. It has become one of North America's largest freight brokerage firms, boasting 34 offices and more than 3,500 workers in 19 states. For more information on Total Quality Logistics, visit www.tql.com. To apply for a position in the Columbia facility, visit www.tqljobs.com.
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