LITTLE ROCK — Cincinnati-based freight brokerage company Total Quality Logistics announced Tuesday it will spend $250,000 to open a facility in Lowell that will employ up to 50 people.

LITTLE ROCK — Cincinnati-based freight brokerage company Total Quality Logistics announced Tuesday it will spend $250,000 to open a facility in Lowell that will employ up to 50 people.


"We’re pleased to add the state of Arkansas to our footprint. This new location will give us access to the outstanding professional talent in Northwest Arkansas," Kerry Byrne, executive vice president of the company, stated in a news release.


Gov. Mike Beebe said the region should be a good fit for the company.


"Northwest Arkansas has a strong reputation as a hub for logistics, so it’s only fitting for a company like Total Quality Logistics to be drawn here," he said. "They should have no problem finding the sales force they need among the region’s well-educated workforce."


Hiring, mostly for sales positions, will begin immediately, the company said. More information is available at www.tqljobs.com.


Founded in 1997, Total Quality Logistics employs more than 2,800 people in 16 states and works with more than 50,000 carriers across North America. It moved more than 815,000 loads in 2013, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, building supplies, and machinery and equipment.