Chamber Releases 2018 Logistics Services Report

Logistics central to creating wealth in Gainesville-Hall County MSA

The Greater Hall Chamber, in partnership with the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, has released an updated study of the growing Logistics Services Industry for the Gainesville-Hall County Metropolitan Area.  The report underscores the impact of 4,800 direct jobs supported by 80 logistics service businesses.  The Chamber conducted a similar report in 2015, and the current study highlights a growth in the number of logistics service firms from 65 to 80 with a significant increase in employment from some 1,900 employees in 2015 to just over 4,800 in 2018.

“Gainesville-Hall County has developed into a growth center for expertise in freight brokerage, third-party-logistics (3PL), cold-chain logistics and transportation services for freight,” reports Tim Evans, Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.  Many firms noted in the Chamber’s study have expanded in recent years, including Lanier Cold Storage, Mansfield Oil, Performance Foodservice, XPO Logistics, Syfan Logistics, Eskimo, Simpson Trucking & Grading, Tribe Transportation and Hollis Transport.  One firm, Adams Transfer & Storage, recently celebrated a milestone of 115 years of business in Gainesville-Hall County.

The recent employment growth at logistics service providers in Gainesville-Hall County underscores the increasing need for specialized workforce development programs for logistics.  Nationally, there is an acute shortage of commercial truck drivers as a result of industry growth, retirements and the new scheduling requirements of Electronic Logging Devices.  On October 19, 2018, Lanier Technical College will dedicate its new Hall County, Georgia campus that includes a new commercial truck driving program and course.  The new campus will offer training and specialized skills needed by logistics service providers and other businesses.

Dr. Ray Perren, President of Lanier Technical College stated, “The new home for Lanier Technical College in Hall County will allow us to offer a commercial truck driving program on campus for the first time and a new diesel technology program designed to support the logistics industry.  The new facility will also allow us to expand on successful programs in material handling and ammonia refrigeration technologies used in cold-chain logistics. ”

A 2018 Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce survey of 54 Hall County businesses found 63% of respondents regularly import or export cargo, with some manufacturers importing as many as 100 cargo containers per month.  Hall County is also a major exporter of finished goods from agricultural equipment, transportation equipment and poultry products with some individual businesses exporting more than 1,000 cargo containers per month.  Currently, cargo is moved by truck 250 miles or more to and from regional container port facilities, including the Port of Savannah.  Recent infrastructure investments in the Georgia Ports Authority’s Mason Mega Rail Terminal at the Port of Savannah are making it possible to move more cargo by rail to and from inland port terminals like the new Appalachian Regional Port in Murray County, Georgia.

Link here for the full Logistics Services Report

Link here for the complete list of 2018 Greater Hall Chamber Logistics Service Providers

Link here for the 2018 Map of Logistics Service Providers by Employment

Link here for information the Greater Hall Chamber Job Fair & Career Expo

Link here for the Greater Hall Chamber Industry Appreciation Luncheon reservations

Link here for the 2018 Regional Freight Study

About the Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council:  The Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council is a public-private partnership of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Hall County and the Cities of Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Lula and Oakwood.  The Economic Development Council provides one-stop marketing and economic development services to support the community’s efforts in existing industry retention, workforce development, small business development, business recruitment and retail development.

About the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics: The Center of Innovation for Logistics is the leading statewide resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness.  The Center provides the technical industry expertise, collaborative research, and partnerships needed to help the industry connect, compete and grow globally.