Online freight broker building new HQ in KC - KCTV5

Online freight broker building new HQ in KC

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An online freight-shipping broker has announced plans to build a $44 million headquarters in Kansas City, adding more than 1,200 jobs.

The company says the move will create 1,225 new jobs in the next three years and 125 more jobs in the fourth year.'s parking lot in Lenexa is packed with 1,000 workers, now switching to south KCMO and with plans to add up to 350 new jobs over the next four years.

"A new building, new people, going to eat at restaurants, buy things there, find homes close to work," KCMO Mayor Sly James said.

The online freight-shipping broker is growing and sought out the best site to build a new 200,000-square-foot facility at the best deal.

"The more incentives we can get as a company, the healthier we're going to be for the next five to 10 years," Matt Druten, the CFO for, said.

Kansas City and the state of Missouri both offered payroll and property tax abatements for an incentive package topping $30 million. Plus, by crossing the state line, Freightquote gets a payroll tax break for all its employees, not just those hired going forward.

James said, in this case, KCMO didn't seek out the move.

"Stealing means you sneak in in the middle of the night and take something that isn't yours. We sat here and somebody knocked on our door and asked to come," the mayor said.

James has spoken out against cross-state business moves and said he still welcomes a deal with Kansas leaders to cut down that traffic, but until then, he stands firm.

"We're not going to sit here and unilaterally disarm and say ‘come take what you want - we're just going to sit here and watch.' It's not going happen," he said.

The mayor of Lenexa, Michael Boehm, had the following statement about Freightquote's move:

"We're disappointed they're leaving, they've been a good employer for the community. But businesses make decisions every day based on their bottom line and what's best for their business."

Boehm went on to say he's glad the company and workers are staying within the metro, and that he's confident Lenexa will find a new tenant soon to move into Freightquote's old building.

The company plans to break ground in south KCMO this month, and open next May. is an online shipping provider that gives quotes and comparative information on freight rates.

Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed.

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