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Logistics provider to bring 100 jobs to downtown Columbia

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Staff Report
Published Aug. 31, 2015

Ohio-based Total Quality Logistics, a third-party logistics provider, announced Monday that it plans to establish logistics and sales operations in downtown Columbia.

The company said its investment will total $565,000, and create 100 jobs over the next five years.

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Inside Total Quality Logistics’ operations on Fairchild Street in Charleston. (Photo/Provided) 
Established in 1997 in Cincinnati, Total Quality Logistics has grown into one of the largest freight brokerage firms in North America.

The company has 34 offices nationwide and employs more than 3,500 workers in 19 states. Its 2014 sales topped $2 billion.

The Columbia office, which will be located in the Bank of America Financial Center at 1901 Main St., will be Total Quality Logistics’ second operation in South Carolina. The company has an existing operation in Charleston.

"We have experienced great success in South Carolina with our Charleston office,” said Kerry Byrne, president of Total Quality Logistics. “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."

Total Quality Logistics’ target opening date for its new Columbia office is Oct. 26. Hiring for the new positions is underway.

"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,” Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said. “Something special is happening in Columbia and we're proud Total Quality Logistics to this movement."

Added Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush, "This growing logistics company will be a welcome addition to our business community and will add to the vibrancy already exploding downtown."

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