By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – A Michigan-based logistics company plans to employ more than 100 workers in the next three years, and it’s looking for a place to call home.
For now, KC Integrated Services has opened a temporary office in New Albany while it looks for a permanent location near Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs.
Based in Carleton, Mich., the company reports it has hired several key personnel and will begin hiring drivers soon.
“We are excited about the opportunity to open a facility in north Mississippi,” said Ken Calender, owner and CEO of KC Integrated Services. “Toyota is a great partner and we have great expectations for their Mississippi operation.”
The company also said it plans to “invest significant capital into a permanent facility” in the next few months.
Officials have indicated a need to locate close to Toyota Mississippi because of the service it provides.
The company has been a Tier 1 supplier for Toyota for 12 years, and it has a location near Toyota’s Princeton, Ind., manufacturing plant.
KC Integrated, founded in 1986, is one of the largest certified minority-owned logistics providers in North America.
According to Danny Jordan, president of the Union County Board of Supervisors, KC Integrated has been working closely with Union County officials since January.
“We are pleased to have made this step and are working hard to help this organization find a permanent location that meets their needs,” he said.
Union County Development Association Executive Director Phil Nanney said the company could build in Blue Springs or find its permanent home in New Albany.
An ideal spot, Nanney said, would be the Martintown Industrial Park in New Albany, where Tier 1 supplier Diversity-Vuteq has a facility.