Tranco Global grows, adds Atlanta office

Tranco Global grows, adds Atlanta office

Chattanooga firm plans other offices in next year in Chicago, New York and L.A.

August 6th, 2018 by Dave Flessner in Breaking News

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 4/11/17. Bruce Trantham, co-owner of Tranco Global, Brad Kemp, COO of Tranco Global and Abe Church, Director of Operations for Tranco Global, from left, speak about their company's growth while at Tranco Global's office in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

Less than two years after Tranco Logistics launched its global shipping business, Tranco Global has opened a second office in Atlanta and is making plans for other facilities near airports in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles to handle the growing volume of expedited freight to and from overseas markets.

Despite concerns about a global trade war and reduced international shipments from proposed new import duties and quotas, Chattanooga-based Tranco Global said today its business has grown more than nine-fold in the past year. Company spokesman Peyton Padfield said Tranco Global has grown to 25 employees handling freight shipments in 180 countries around the world.

To accommodate the growing global business, the new office in Atlanta — and similar offices planned in the next year near Chicago's O'Hare airport, JFK Airport in New York an LAX in Los Angeles — are being added to satisfy the airfreight demand of Tranco customers and overseas agents.

"The opening of an Atlanta office underscores our ongoing commitment to offer unparalleled service to our current and future customers," Tranco's chief operating officer, Brad Kemp, said in a statement today. "With more commercial flights than any other airport in the world, opening an Atlanta office allows us to expand our freight capabilities."

Tranco Global is a technology-based transportation and logistics company headquartered in Chattanooga and provides ocean cargo, air freight, and customs clearance around the globe.

Bruce Trantham, who co-owns Tranco Logistics with twin brother Byron, said they saw an opportunity to round out the company's suite of services by entering the global market in late 2016.

"We're a one-stop shop," he said last year during an interview at the company's Shallowford Road offices. "We're truly global."

The Tranthams founded Tranco in 1995 with one truck and a small warehouse and have built the company to include over 400 units with more than 1 million square feet of warehouse space.