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Gov. Scott announces TQL expansion will create 100 new jobs in Daytona Beach

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Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that an Ohio-based logistics company will add 100 jobs and make $560,000 in capital investments in Volusia County.

“TQL already employs approximately 450 Floridians and the creation of 100 additional jobs in Daytona Beach is exciting news. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created more than 940,000 private-sector jobs,” Scott said in a news release. “We wish TQL the best as they continue to grow and create new opportunities for Florida families.”

TQL, short for Total Quality Logistics, matches trucking companies with independent truck drivers to transport products ranging from produce to machinery. The company has offices in 18 states, including operations in Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

“The state of Florida is proving to be a good market for recruiting quality professionals interested in sales and support positions. Its strong and varied communities and educational offerings help to make it an extremely attractive place to work and play,” said TQL President Kerry Byrne.

The company will get up to $300,000 in incentives for the new jobs through Qualified Target Industry tax refunds. That program pays $3,000 for each new job that pays higher than the average wage in the surrounding area. The deal lists a required average wage of $38,606 a year for TQL to get the incentives.

Department of Economic Opportunity records show TQL has three other active incentive deals that would pay nearly $1 million for 331 new jobs. So far, the company has received about $61,000 in payments through its incentives package in Hillsborough County.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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