(Florence, Ky.) - Two dozen new jobs are being created by a Boone County-based logistics company.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear took part in the announcement Wednesday at Legion Logistics in Florence. The company helps businesses of all sizes move freight across North America.
Legion Logistics is expanding with a $1 million investment that will help it more than double its workforce from 20 current employees to up to 44.
The trucking company has seen rapid growth since it was founded in 2009 by Lacy Starling. The company moved to its current offices at 600 Meijer Drive in Florence in March 2012, tripled its workforce last year, and is already expanding and projecting additional new jobs in 2013.
“We congratulate Legion Logistics on its success and growth in Florence,” said Governor Beshear. “Northern Kentucky certainly is on a roll with new projects and expansions by existing companies in the region. We’re glad that Legion Logistics is growing, creating new jobs and investing in the Commonwealth.”
State and local tax incentives are helping move the expansion along. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $300,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. According to the governor’s office, the performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
State lawmakers Sen. John Schickel (R-Union) and Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Florence) both commented at the announcement that companies like Legion Logisitics are driving economic growth in northern Kentucky.
“The announcement of Legion Logistics’ expansion highlights the growing number of companies that call northern Kentucky home,” said Wuchner. “Our region’s entrepreneurial nature and our work ethic are second to none. We’re proud Legion Logistics is expanding and bringing more jobs to Florence.”
Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore was thrilled about the 24 new jobs.
“The entire three-county region benefits when entrepreneurs like Lacy Starling and Tony Coutsoftides and their team create a company and grow it here in Boone County. Northern Kentucky Tri-ED is committed to assisting our existing companies grow their operations,” Moore said.
Florence Mayor Diane Whalen thanked Legion Logistics for its continued investments in the city.