Total Quality Logistics

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Total Quality Logistics
Industry Logistics
Founded Cincinnati, Ohio (1997)
Headquarters Union Township, Ohio, United States
(Cincinnati mailing address)
Key people
Ken Oaks, CEO
Revenue $2.15 billion (2014)
Number of employees

Total Quality Logistics is a third-party logistics provider. TQL provides domestic freight transportation and logistics services. It is currently the second largest freight brokerage firm in North America.[1]


Total Quality Logistics was founded in 1997 by Ken Oaks in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Oaks remains the CEO. TQL is a third-party logistics provider (3PL) primarily serving the produce, food, and general commodities industries with full truckload (TL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) services.[2]


According to Transport Topics magazine, TQL was ranked as the second largest freight brokerage firm in North America, as of 2014.[1] The company has more than 2,800 employees, and facilitates more than 815,000 shipments per year.[3] The company's brokers works on a commission basis, and the company recruits mainly from recent college graduates.[4]

In addition to its Cincinnati headquarters, TQL operates 26 sales offices in ten other states.[4]

"Moves that Matter"[edit]

TQL employees, customers, or carriers can request a donation of funds to a 501(c)(3) organization that he/she has worked with to deliver a load.[5] Recipients include the Society of St. Andrew in Nashville, TN, Feeding America, and Where Angels Play foundation honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.[6]

Commitment to the Environment[edit]

TQL is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership, a voluntary private-public initiative that aims to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the United States' freight transportation sector.[7]

In the Workplace[edit]

  • Inc. Magazine Hire Power Awards and one of the fastest growing companies in America (2012-2013) [8]
  • 50 Most Engaged Workplaces (2013) [9]
  • Top Workplaces Cincinnati [10]
  • Top Workplaces Columbus [11]
  • Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for (2013-2014) [12]
  • Best Places to Work in Tampa Bay (2011-2014) [13]
  • Top Workplaces in Indianapolis (2013-2014) [14]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Transport Topics Top 25 Listings: Brokerage Firms, Warehousing Firms, Dedicated Contract Carriers and Freight Forwarders". Transportation Topics. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
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