Logistics company to create 140 jobs in Fort Worth

( FORT WORTH , Texas – February 7, 2012) – The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce announced today that LinkAmerica, a regional asset-based transportation and logistics services provider, is expanding to Fort Worth .  The company will open a 24,000-square-foot corporate office and training center in CentrePort Business Park at 4400 Amon Carter Blvd.   The expansion will create approximately 140 jobs.

LinkAmerica’s Fort Worth office, which is anticipated to open in March 2012, will house the company’s executive team.  It will also include a new corporate training center for the development and certification of corporate employees and new drivers.  The company’s Tulsa office will remain open to house its logistics team and facilitate back-office support functions. 

“The Dallas/Fort Worth area is one of the largest logistics hubs in the nation, and LinkAmerica must have a presence in this market in order to enhance our position in the industry,” said John Simone, CEO of LinkAmerica.  “Close proximity to an international airport and immediate access to major interstates strengthen our ability to pursue, and achieve, our long-term strategic growth plan. A presence in the market also provides access to people with skill sets in the transportation and logistics industry."

LinkAmerica joins a long list of industry leaders that decided to establish a presence in Fort Worth because of the city’s extensive multimodal transportation options. FedEx Express, the cargo airline division of FedEx Corporation, houses its Southwest Regional Sort Hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport , the nation’s first industrial airport.  Most recently, GE Transportation announced plans to invest $96 million to build a state-of-the-art locomotive manufacturing facility that is in close proximity to BNSF Railway, one of GE Transportation’s top customers. 

The presence of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the 4th busiest airport in the world, and the Alliance Foreign Trade Zone, consecutively ranked as the #1 general purpose trade zone in terms of foreign merchandise admitted, further establish the region as a logistics industry leader.

“The ability to efficiently move goods, materials and people is absolutely necessary for doing business, and Fort Worth is uniquely positioned to meet this demand,” said Frank Moss, Fort Worth City Council member for District 5, the district in which LinkAmerica’s new office will be located.  “We are pleased that LinkAmerica is joining our community of high-profile corporations that credit Fort Worth ’s accessibility to air, rail and road transportation options as a critical element of their continued growth and success.”

In addition to its easy access to a wide range of transportation options, LinkAmerica selected Fort Worth because of its substantial workforce of candidates for positions ranging from drivers, administrative staff and senior management team members.

“ North Texas has an extensive and diverse talent pool,” said David Berzina, executive vice president of economic development for the Fort Worth Chamber.  “Individuals completing development and certification programs from workforce development partners, such as Tarrant County College and Workforce Solutions, supplement more than 850,000 college graduates residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth region.”

ABOUT LINKAMERICA CORPORATION

Headquartered in Tulsa , Oklahoma , LinkAmerica is a transportation and logistics provider offering solutions delivered through four divisions: 53' Super Southwest & Super Southeast Regions, LinkAmerica 57, Teams, and Logistics Services.  LinkAmerica retains a "blue-chip" customer base and operates primarily in the southwest, south-central, and southeastern United States .

For more information about LinkAmerica Corporation, visit www.lkam.com

ABOUT THE FORT WORTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, with 2,200 member businesses, is the second-largest chamber in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  The Fort Worth Chamber is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top economic development organizations.  Through business-to-business marketing, educational events, economic development, workforce development and government advocacy, the Fort Worth Chamber assumes a leadership role in making Fort Worth , the 16th-largest city in the U.S. , a premier location in which to live, work and do business.  For more information, please contact the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce at (817) 338-3391 or visit www.fortworthchamber.com.


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