Make us your home page
Instagram

Tampa company BlueGrace Logistics races past hiring goal, hopes to have 1,000 employees within five years

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was at BlueGrace Logistics in Riverview Monday as the company adds more jobs. (Jerome R. Stockfisch   |   TIMES)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was at BlueGrace Logistics in Riverview Monday as the company adds more jobs. (Jerome R. Stockfisch | TIMES)

RIVERVIEW — One of the rising stars of the Tampa Bay employment scene announced Monday that it had tripled an incentivized hiring goal, with BlueGrace Logistics adding 300 staffers a little more than a year after Gov. Rick Scott hailed a target of 100 new hires.

"We're crushing that goal," said Bobby Harris, who founded the transportation logistics company six years ago.

Scott was back at BlueGrace in Riverview for the announcement. "We were here a year and half ago, and they said they were going to add a hundred jobs. They've added 300 jobs, so it's really exciting," the governor said. "You can see there's a lot of talent here. It's a great opportunity for everybody to live their dream."

BlueGrace now has 462 employees and the job explosion is expected to continue. Three months ago, the company received a $255 million investment from New York-based private equity firm Warburg Pincus, and Harris has predicted the company will have 1,000 employees in Tampa in the next three to five years.

Harris said Monday he is "still very bullish" on the idea of joining a future Strategic Property Partners project in downtown Tampa with the influx of staff. The partnership of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates' Cascade Investment is planning a $2 billion mixed-use redevelopment of 40 acres surrounding Amalie Arena.

"I spoke with Mr. Vinik on his plans and his vision, and left that meeting much more excited about doing something like that," Harris said. "When they're ready for us, we're ready for them."

Last year, Hillsborough County and the state approved a combined $300,000 in performance-based incentives for the 100-job target. The continued job spurt is not tied to incentives, which required the jobs in accounting, technology and legal services to pay a minimum average wage of about $55,000.

The transportation management company customizes freight shipping for companies. Harris said in August that he expected revenue to jump from the current $200 million to $1 billion by 2020.

Contact Jerome R. Stockfisch at jstockfisch@tampabay.com.

Tampa company BlueGrace Logistics races past hiring goal, hopes to have 1,000 employees within five years 11/28/16 [Last modified: Monday, November 28, 2016 6:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pasco county lawyer disbarred for taking woman's money

    Real Estate

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred Pasco County attorney and former congressional candidate Constantine Kalogianis.

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred Pasco County attorney and former congressional candidate Constantine Kalogianis. 
[2016 booking photo via Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Rick Scott signs package of tax breaks

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed a tax cut package Thursday that — while vastly scaled back from what he wanted — eliminates the so-called "tampon tax" and offers tax holidays for back-to-school shoppers and Floridians preparing for hurricane season.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a tax cut package that will cost state coffers $91.6 million during the upcoming year. [Joe Raedle | Getty Images]
  3. FBI probes fraudster's alleged church scam following Tampa Bay Times report

    Real Estate

    PLANT CITY — Once again, the FBI is investigating felon fraudster Victor Thomas Clavizzao.

    The FBI is investigating convicted mortgage fraudster Victor Thomas Clavizzao on new allegations following a Tampa Bay Times report.
[TImes file photo]

  4. Tampa Bay is ground-zero for assignment of benefits cases over broken auto glass

    Banking

    When Rachel Thorpe tried to renew her auto insurance last year for her Toyta RAV4, she was stunned to see her monthly premium had nearly doubled to $600. The Sarasota driver was baffled since her only recent claim was over a broken windshield.

    Auto glass lawsuits filed by a third party (through what's known as assignment of benefits) are skyrocketing in Tampa Bay.
[Times file photo]
  5. Siesta Beach tops Dr. Beach's rankings of best locations in America

    Tourism

    Three beaches in Florida made it on a highly coveted list of the top 10 in America this year, ranked by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. "Dr. Beach."

    This May 18, 2017 photo shows Siesta Beach on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Fla. Siesta Beach is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2017 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. [Chris O'Meara | Associated Press]