Emerald Isle, NC (September 1, 2016) – Giant green ribbons were cut and cow bells were rung as Transportation Impact commemorated the grand opening of its new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, August 23 with the Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce.
Brandon Staton, director of sales and marketing at TI and president of the Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the crowd of friends, family and community members and shared a brief history of the supply chain management firm. Staton highlighted TI’s beginning in 2008 in the storage room of a local surf shop and how far it has come since those early days.
The firm has ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of top privately owned companies in the nation for four years in a row, coming in at No. 2633 in 2016. So far this year, TI has also been awarded the North Carolina Mid-Market FAST 40 Award, given by Business North Carolina and Cherry Bekaert LLP to recognize companies that demonstrate growth in the middle market.
Company co-founders Travis Burt and Keith Byrd shared words of appreciation for local companies such as Coastal Architecture, Yardworks Landscaping and Lawn Care, WIMCO Corporation and BB&T for helping make their dreams of the state-of-the-art facility come true.
Byrd went on to recognize Morehead City architect Lee Dixon from Coastal Architecture who designed the facility and attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“This is a one-of-a-kind building and it definitely has the ‘WOW’ factor,” said Dixon. “I am really proud of how it looks.”
The TI team is proud not only to live in the area, but to also give back to the local community. Through student scholarships and local charitable organization support and sponsorships, the firm has donated over $1 million in private contributions.
“We know just how blessed we are every time we come over the Emerald Isle bridge,” said Byrd. “To be able to live in this town while doing business across the country, we are very fortunate.”
After the cutting of the ribbon and the Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce’s traditional ringing of the cowbell, those in attendance broke into groups to tour the 13,000 square-foot, 3-story facility.
Standing at 53.5 feet tall, TI’s headquarters is the tallest non-residential building in Emerald Isle. The first two floors are occupied by the TI team and include 34 office spaces, two conference rooms and a gym for employees.
The building required 45,600 pounds of cement and features exciting design elements such as privacy glass in the conference room that fogs up with the flip of a switch and a waterfall in the lobby.
While TI business is conducted on the first two floors, Caribsea Restaurant and Torpedo Lounge, Burt and Byrd’s other ventures, occupy the third floor and rooftop.
Local finfish and farm-to-table produce are served from Caribsea’s theater-style kitchen where patrons can watch Head Chef and Managing Partner Patrick Hogan and his staff hard at work. After dinner, restaurant-goers can venture upstairs to the rooftop Torpedo Lounge to enjoy drinks and amazing, panoramic views.
Even with all the space inside the new facility, the TI team is expanding so quickly that Burt and Byrd have secured another lot across the street from the headquarters for future expansion.
“We aren’t slowing down,” said Burt. “We thought we had 15 to 20 more years before we’d be in a building like this, and yet here we are.”
About Transportation Impact
Transportation Impact, is a supply chain spend-management firm headquartered in Emerald Isle, N.C. Founded in 2008, the company offers a portfolio of supply chain services and technologies that help large companies reduce the costs associated with small package and freight shipping. So far in 2016, TI has been named to the North Carolina Mid-Market FAST 40 and has earned a spot on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, visit www.transportationimpact.com.
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