Logistics leader is investing an additional $78 million
By Terry Troy
Total Quality Logistics (TQL) is investing an additional $78 million in Clermont County and Union Township, a move that is expected to add 1,000 new jobs and $60 million in annual payroll. The new development will be the company’s third expansion in the region since 2019, with commitments totaling $146.8 million in new payroll and $31.1 million in capital investment.
One of the largest freight brokerage firms in North America and one on the largest private firms in the Cincinnati region, TQL moves 3 million loads of freight across the nation through its comprehensive portfolio of logistics services and its network of more than 130,000 carriers. The company is also the naming rights sponsor of TQL Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s FC Cincinnati.
The company is definitely on the fast track.
TQL grew its headcount by 49% from 5,500 in January 2021 to 8,200 in December 2021. As of February 2022, the company has over 9,000 employees nationwide. Employment opportunities include entry level and senior roles across information technology, sales, customer service, operations, accounting, finance and marketing.
In addition to job investment, TQL also plans to substantially expand its real estate footprint with an $18 million investment on its Ivy Pointe headquarters campus in Union Township, Clermont County. More details will be announced later in 2022. In December 2020, TQL opened its headquarters expansion, a state-of-the-art 133,000 square foot addition.
“TQL was founded in Cincinnati in 1997,” said Kerry Byrne, president of TQL. “We cannot think of a better way to celebrate our 25th year as a business than through this significant expansion. Thank you to Governor DeWine, REDI Cincinnati, JobsOhio, Clermont County and Union Township for their continued support.”
“As one of the nation’s largest freight brokerage companies, TQL has been an integral part of making Ohio a leader in logistics,” said Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine. “The company’s continued growth since opening in Cincinnati in 1997 and their continued investment in the Cincinnati region is an outstanding example of how businesses can thrive in Ohio.”
“TQL is an innovative company that employs over 3,000 Ohioans across eight locations in the state,” said JobsOhio President & CEO, J.P. Nauseef. “Twenty-five years of TQL’s continued investment and job growth are helping Ohioans find their version of the American Dream.”
“With its third expansion since 2019, TQL continues transforming into one of the pillar companies in southwest Ohio through its local investment and further demonstrates that the Cincinnati Region is a destination for businesses,” said Kimm Lauterbach, president and CEO of REDI Cincinnati. “REDI Cincinnati has been fortunate to close nearly 400 projects in southwest Ohio since 2014 and, in terms of both new jobs and payroll created, this project by TQL ranks as the second-largest headquarters expansion in southwest Ohio’s history. REDI is not only grateful for the commitment of TQL but is also gracious for the efforts of each of our partners – Gov. DeWine, JobsOhio, Clermont County and Union Township – for their collaboration on this project.”
“We are proud that TQL has found Clermont County to be the right location for its growth,” said County Commissioner, Bonnie Batchler. “Clermont County offers great amenities, a low cost of doing business, and our county and local governments are business friendly.”
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Joe Dills, John Becker, and myself; creating a collaborative business friendly environment is our standard,” said Union Township Board of Trustees Chairman, Michael Logue. “We are excited for TQL’s continued partnership and growth to bring 1,000 jobs to our community.”