PALM HARBOR — FreightCenter, a Web-based freight logistics company, is bringing its growing business to Palm Harbor.
Technically its been in town since this spring, but an official ribbon-cutting and grand opening event will be held on Oct. 1 at its new offices at 34125 U.S. 19 off of Highland Lakes Boulevard.
Necessitating the relocation was FreightCenter growing out of its former headquarters in the Trinity area of southwestern Pasco County.
“A lot of the buildings that were already built and in place weren’t big enough and the construction costs [to expand] would have been too great,” said the firm’s digital marketing manager, Terese Kerrigan. “Both our co-founders and CEO live in Trinity so it would have been ideal to stick around there, obviously, but the space just wasn’t there.”
The new Palm Harbor location nearly doubles FreightCenter’s office space, upgrading from 8,900 square feet to about 16,000, and it’s still looking for more, Kerrigan said.
“We can’t stop growing for some reason,” she said lightheartedly. “Eventually we doubled if not tripled our employee base since being in the Trinity area.”
Once completely settled into its new Palm Harbor headquarters, FreightCenter intends to add about 50 employees by January, upping its staff to 200 from 150.
Kerrigan said much of that expansion will be with outbound sales positions, but others as well, like accounting, customer service, marketing and information technology. “As soon as we start adding more salespeople, of course we’re going to need support on the back end for all those people as well. It’s kind of a constant growth.”
According to a press release, FreightCenter uses proprietary software and web tools to offer online shipping services at discounted rates to individuals and companies.
“Our new Palm Harbor headquarters will allow FreightCenter to continue expanding our share of the shipping and logistics market,” co-founder and CEO Matthew Brosious is quoted as saying in the release.
A number of local and county officials and businesspeople plan to be in attendance for the Oct. 1 ribbon-cutting event, including Pinellas County Commissioners Susan Latvala and Charlie Justice and members of the Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
A barbecue cookout, games and giveaways will also be featured.