- Western Express will invest $88 million in expansion
- Project will create 225 new jobs over the next five years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Western Express, Inc. officials announced today that the company will expand in Davidson County.
The freight and transportation company will invest $88 million and create 225 new jobs in Nashville.
Western Express is an asset based over the road carrier headquartered in Nashville. The company was founded in 1991 and operates more than 2,600 tractor trucks and 6,500 trailers. In 2018, Western Express was ranked a top 25 carrier based on revenue in the United States. Western Express employs more than 2,100 full-time positions in Tennessee and has a total of 3,600 employees worldwide.
With this expansion, Western Express will add new technology, business services and back office support at its headquarters in Nashville. The company will also invest in new trucks, trailers, GPS and other transportation related equipment. In addition to the 225 headquarters positions, Western Express will hire more than 350 driving associates each year over the next five years.
Since 2015, TNECD has supported 67 projects in Davidson County, resulting in the creation of more than 21,000 new j obs and approximately $2.1 billion in capital investment.
“The expansion of Western Express in Nashville is another sign of how Middle Tennessee is thriving and attracting top businesses and investment.” – Gov. Bill Lee
“Tennessee is home to more than 16,000 distribution and logistics establishments, and we continue to see an uptick in this industry’s momentum. I want to thank Western Express for continuing to grow this industry and for choosing to expand its Nashville headquarters.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe
“This is an exciting time for Western Express. Our company is proud to be a part of the growth in Nashville. We opened our first terminal in Nashville in 1991. Our expansion has been through organic growth and acquisitions. We will continue to grow our fleet and our team. Our plan for 2019 will exceed $800 million in revenue. Western Express would like to thank the State of Tennessee for its support of our organization and the transportation industry.” – Western Express President and CEO Paul Wieck
“TVA and Nashville Electric Service congratulate Western Express on its decision to expand operations in Nashville, creating hundreds or new jobs. Helping to foster new job opportunities is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development
“We are so proud of the expansion of the Western Express headquarters here in Nashville. This is great news for its employees, greater opportunities for jobs for residents and its clients as well as the entire state of Tennessee. For years Western Express has provided excellent trucking services for businesses and vendors throughout Middle Tennessee and our surrounding states. I wish them continued success, and I will continue to support pro-growth policies to permit Western Express and other great Nashville companies to grow, expand, and to achieve their dreams.” – State Sen. Brenda Gilmore (D – Nashville)
“I am excited to see Western Express expanding in our community, spurring more economic growth and more investment in House District 54. We look forward to Western Express continuing to be an active positive community partner.” – State Rep. Vincent Dixie (D – Nashville)
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.