Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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BlueGrace Logistics to hire 100 at Hillsborough headquarters

RIVERVIEW — BlueGrace Logistics, a transportation management company, will add 100 jobs at its Hillsborough County headquarters.

"More than ever, top talent from across the U.S. wants to make Tampa their home," BlueGrace CEO Bobby Harris said Wednesday. "We couldn't be more excited to further our investment in expanding in this market."

Harris said the new jobs will be in accounting, technology and legal services. The jobs will pay a minimum average wage of $54,664.

In February, Hillsborough County commissioners approved a $60,000 incentive package, on top of a $240,000 commitment from the state of Florida through the Qualified Target Industry program. The $300,000 in performance-based incentives will be allocated over six years. The funds will be paid only after BlueGrace creates the promised jobs without going below the minimum $54,664 set wage.

"These additional 100 jobs will provide even more opportunities in the Tampa area and contribute to Florida's thriving private sector," said Jesse Panuccio, executive director of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

BlueGrace sells its clients a Web-based transportation management system called BlueShip. The software consolidates companies' shipping resources and offers freight services.

Harris said he expects to add another 100 jobs in the future, on top of the jobs announced Wednesday.

Florida's logistics and distribution industry is expected to grow with the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2016, according to the governor's press office. The industry currently employees more than half a million Floridians.

"Our expansive, multimodal infrastructure not only supports nearly 20 million residents but close to 100 million annual visitors to our state," said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. "It's a compelling reason for great companies like BlueGrace Logistics to have a presence in Florida, and we're happy they've decided to locate here."

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