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Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Fraley and Schilling, Inc. to Expand in Knoxville

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 09:00am
  • Trucking and logistics company will expand, adding 50 employees
  • New terminal will be the largest in the company

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Fraley and Schilling, Inc. officials announced today that the trucking company is expanding its operations in Knoxville.

As part of the expansion, Fraley and Schilling will invest $2.4 million and add 50 office jobs over the next five years.

Due to growing demand in transportation and logistics, Fraley and Schilling is expanding by adding a new terminal building, which is currently under construction. The new building will be the largest in the company at approximately 11,600 square feet.

Founded in 1955, Fraley and Schilling is a trucking and logistics provider, specializing in lightweight equipment for hauling heavy products. The company has become an industry leader in utilizing lightweight equipment to move essential goods across the United States.

Today, Fraley and Schilling employs 250 people in Tennessee and more than 700 in the U.S., and operates over 500 trucks across the eastern half of the U.S.

Since 2015, TNECD has supported 17 economic development projects in Knox County, accounting for 2,300 job commitments and $300 million in capital investment.

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“We are grateful that Fraley and Schilling has made the decision to expand its operations in Knoxville. Tennessee’s central location and business-friendly environment has made the Volunteer State a destination for transportation and logistics companies. We thank Fraley and Schilling for creating even more jobs for Tennesseans in this growing sector.” – Gov. Bill Lee 

“We are grateful that Fraley and Schilling chose to expand its operations in Knox County. Tennessee is well-positioned to support the growing demands of the transportation and logistics industry, and our state is ideal for this expansion not only geographically, but also from a business standpoint.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe

“We have been privileged to be a member of the Knoxville community since 2010. Our Knoxville office has been the fastest growing in the company, and this additional space will enable us to further invest in the future of many families in the Knoxville area.” – Chris Seals, president, Fraley and Schilling

“We already know that Knox County is a great place to live and raise a family, but when companies like Fraley and Schilling commit to investing in our area and bringing more jobs to this community, it makes it clear to everyone who doesn’t.” – Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs

“This is an exciting investment for Knoxville. This expansion and new jobs demonstrate that East Tennessee is a prime location for business growth and the trucking industry. I’m looking forward to Fraley and Schilling being able to recognize a bright future here. Many thanks to TNECD and local officials for helping secure this investment.”– Sen. Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville)

“Fraley and Shilling has been a valued employer in Knox County for the past decade and I’m proud they’ve chosen to further invest in the future of our community. I know they will continue to thrive in Knoxville for many more years to come with the help of our skilled workforce.  I appreciate the work of our local economic development leaders who work hard to make sure our existing industries succeed.” – Rep. Dave Wright (R-Corryton)

TNECD Media Contact
Molly Hair, Public Information Officer
(615) 878-0063
Molly.Hair@tn.gov

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

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