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XPO Logistics renovations approved

by Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

The City has approved build-out for XPO Logistics Inc. at 10751 Deerwood Park Blvd., No. 140, an office that company executives say could reach up to 100 employees in five or six years.

Adams Interior Contractors Inc. is the contractor for the $84,097 build-out of 4,670 square feet of office space. The building is in Deerwood Park.

XPO Logistics executives said in December they had opened a freight brokerage office in Jacksonville and its CEO, Bradley Jacobs, said it expects to expand up to 100 employees within six years.

XPO Logistics is based in Greenwich, Conn., with an operations center in Charlotte, N.C. It is a third-party transportation logistics provider.

Jacobs, the chairman and CEO, said the Jacksonville office is led by J.E. "Kip" Douglass, who previously worked with Crowley Maritime, Patriot Transportation and Landstar. Douglass will serve as president of the Jacksonville office.

The Jacksonville office opened Aug. 1 in temporary space at 10751 Deerwood Park Blvd. while the long-term space is being prepared.

Jacobs said in December the office has 15 employees and he wants to expand that by five or 10 in 2013 "and get up to many dozens in the next few years." .

The location is strategic for employment, including its proximity to the University of North Florida, said Jacobs.

"We are a mile from UNF and that is important because our business plan is to recruit people and train them and then to empower them with great technology. Recruiting from schools like that is important," he said.

Jacobs said Jacksonville is an important market. "We plan to get Jacksonville up to $50 million to $100 million in revenue in the next five years," he said.

Jacobs said the office and its sales team, led by Douglass, will be in charge of that sales growth.

"We are looking for those highly motivated, highly competitive people," Jacobs said.

He said the base salary is $30,000 to $35,000. Commissions will boost that. XPO Logistics also offers benefits, he said.

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