Trucking firm CRST Flatbed Solutions is moving its divisional headquarters to Birmingham’s Daniel Payne Industrial Park, planning a $5.14 million investment.
The new 23,361-square-foot building will house the 42-member divisional headquarters staff with room to add 10 more employees.
In addition to headquarters staff, the new site will include space for training programs, as well as safe overnight parking for drivers in transit and maintenance facilities.
Founded in Birmingham in 1928, Malone Freight Lines became part of CRST in 1985.
“Birmingham’s business-friendly environment made the decision to stay in the city an easy one,” said CRST president and CEO Hugh Ekberg. “CRST has a longstanding and valued relationship with the Birmingham community and is very proud of the growth and success it has achieved in the business-friendly environment Birmingham offers.”
Jefferson County Commissioner Steve Ammons, saying the county is grateful that CRST Flatbed Solutions chose to stay and expand, added, “Its increasing presence reflects our increasing presence in transportation and logistics.”
The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) has been working with the company on this project since April 2018, said Mark Brown, vice president of business retention and expansion at the BBA. Brown said the BBA worked with CRST, the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County to identify land for the project and facilitated the site selection process.
In addition, the Birmingham Industrial Development Board approved a 10-year tax abatement for the company on sales and use tax and property tax.