By John Bush – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First
A new player in the Central Ohio logistics industry has arrived.
Arrive Logistics, a multibillion-dollar company based in Austin, Texas, recently opened a new office in the Gravity building at 500 W. Broad St. in Franklinton near downtown Columbus. It is one of two new offices for the growing firm, which also opened in Phoenix, Arizona, in recent months.
About 20 people currently work in the 11,400-square-foot office, but Arrive Chief of Staff Scott Sandager said that number is expected to grow “pretty quickly” as the company seeks talent from nearby colleges and universities. The access to a rich talent pool was one of the main factors that led Arrive to Columbus, Sandager said.
“We know a lot of people stay in Central Ohio post graduation, so as we look to expand our local talent
throughout the U.S., Columbus felt like a great market for us to expand into,” he said.
Sandager also cited proximity to shippers and carriers as a factor in the decision to expand into Central Ohio. In addition, he said the firm wanted a presence in an area its current employees “can get excited about.”
“As we look to expand into any new location, we’re surveying current employees to understand where they want to be,” Sandager said. “Columbus was near the top of the list.”
Arrive’s current space can accommodate up to 135 employees. Sandager said he expects the firm will hit that number “over the next handful of years.”
“We anticipate climbing pretty quickly in terms of hiring local talent,” he said. “We have lots of hires planned this summer as we start tapping into that local university market in Columbus. We certainly envision some substantial growth over the next few years.”
Current positions listed on the company’s careers website include jobs sales, account management, accounting and various leadership roles. In addition to new hires, Sandager said the company may also grow its physical footprint in the coming years. He floated the possibility of expanding within Gravity or
opening another office in Central Ohio.
“I anticipate over the next couple years we’re going to need additional office space to support our continued expansion in Columbus,” he said.
Sandager said he is basing those growth projections off the initial success of the Columbus office, as well as the company’s overall performance.
Arrive had its best year in 2022, surpassing $2.35 billion in revenue. The company last year opened new offices in San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and Guadalajara, Mexico. Arrive now has seven offices across North America.
This article was originally published on April 25, 2023 by Columbus Business First and written by John Bush.