Workplace

Freightquote plans to hire an additional 400 people

Updated: 2014-01-28T01:44:59Z

By KEVIN COLLISON

The Kansas City Star

Freightquote, described as the nation’s largest online freight-shipping broker, plans to hire an additional 400 workers this year.

The firm, which was wooed by Missouri economic development incentives to move from Lenexa to Kansas City last year, plans to hire 400 freight brokers in response to its continued growth, CEO Tyler Ellison said in a statement Monday.

“Freightquote is growing at a great pace, and we are looking for good people to help us maintain and elevate this growth,” Ellison said.

The firm moved into its 208,000-square-foot headquarters in south Kansas City near Interstate 435 and State Line Road last July. The company got a state and city incentive package valued at $64.3 million over 23 years.

In return for the incentives, Freightquote pledged that the firm would grow to 1,225 employees by 2015 and 1,350 by 2016. The company currently employs 1,000 workers at its new offices, and the building has the capacity to accommodate 900 additional employees.

Freight brokers function as account managers, handling truckload coverage, price negotiation, troubleshooting and dispatch capacities. Interested applicants should apply at FQJobs.com.

The new jobs will have a base salary of $36,000 with the potential of growing to $100,000 within three years, according to the company. Full-time employees also receive benefits and have the option of setting their own work schedules.

To reach Kevin Collison, call 816-234-4289 or send email to kcollison@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @kckansascity

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