Total Quality Logistics Establishing Operations in Richland County

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$565,000 investment expected to create 100 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Total Quality Logistics (TQL), a third-party logistics provider, is establishing logistics and sales operations in Richland County. The company is investing $565,000 in the facility, creating an expected 100 new jobs over the next five years.

Established in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Total Quality Logistics has grown into one of the largest freight brokerage firms in North America. With 34 offices nationwide, TQL employs more than 3,500 workers in 19 states. Connecting customers that have freight shipping needs with capable carriers, the firm facilitated the movement of more than one million truck loads last year. 

With existing operations in Charleston, S.C. – where TQL recently placed first in the South Carolina Best Places to Work survey – the Richland County facility will be TQL’s second in the Palmetto State. The new office will be in the Bank of America Financial Center at 1901 Main Street in Columbia.

TQL Columbia has a target opening date of Oct. 26, 2015. Hiring for the new positions is underway. Those interested in joining the TQL team should visit the www.tqljobs.com. For more information on Total Quality Logistics, visit www.tql.com.

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“We have experienced great success in South Carolina with our Charleston office. 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.” –TQL President Kerry Byrne

“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. With this investment, Total Quality Logistics is creating 100 new jobs in Richland County and making a real commitment to the people of South Carolina. We look forward to working with them as they grow and thrive here in the years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Today’s announcement by Total Quality Logistics is 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.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Richland County is pleased to welcome Total Quality Logistics to Richland County and Columbia.  This growing logistics company will be a welcome addition to our business community and will add to the vibrancy already exploding downtown.” –Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush

“We're so excited about today's announcement not just because of the quality new jobs created and downtown investment secured but because it further positions our city and region as a true center of excellence, innovation and growth. Something special is happening in Columbia and we're proud Total Quality Logistics to this movement.” –City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Total Quality Logisitcs is establishing operations in Richland County.

  • $565,000 investment creating 100 new jobs over the next five years.

  • TQL was established in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • The company’s Richland County operations will be housed in the Bank of America Financial Center at 1901 Main Street in Columbia, S.C.

  • Those interested in joining the TQL team should visit the company’s careers page online.

 About Total Quality Logistics

Total Quality Logistics is one of the largest freight brokerage firms in the nation. TQL will have 34 offices in 19 states by the end of August. TQL connects customers needing to move truckload freight shipments with carriers having capacity to move them. TQL is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its 2014 sales topped $2 billion and it employs more than 3,500 people nationwide. Connect with TQL on the web at TQL.com, on Facebook at Total Quality Logistics or on Twitter @TQLogistics.

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