Choptank Transport, a rapidly growing third-party logistics company, has announced that it has started construction on a new 11,000 square-foot expansion of its headquarters in Preston, Maryland which will allow them to hire an additional 130 people in the next two years. This is its third expansion at this location within the last decade. The new space will mirror the existing facility, with large open spaces to preserve the collaborative environment that is part of the company culture.
In addition to the construction, Choptank has acquired 4,000 square feet of additional office space by purchasing another pre-existing building on Main Street in Preston within a few miles of the main offices. This location will further accommodate the increase in employees needed to service the company’s growing customer base.
“We have been blessed with outstanding growth,” says Steve Covey, Executive Vice President at Choptank. “Our strategy has been and will continue to be our results driven culture. Our employee’s dedication and focus on exceeding customer expectations has allowed this growth. The new addition will allow for further investment into our culture through business intelligence and staff additions. Those additions will foster collaborative technologies that will allow us to successfully manage and grow in a logistics world that faces unprecedented legislation for over-the-road safety and cargo security.”
“Logistics is a hot career right now. It’s not only a great place to begin your career; it’s a great place to advance it,” says Pam Hutchinson, Choptank’s Vice President of Human Resources. Recruiting top talent has been a priority in her department over the last several years. “Nearly all of our management staff has been promoted from within. We’ve partnered with Salisbury University’s sales initiative and Stevenson University’s Sales Club to attract recent graduates and also work with local veteran’s groups and community organizations. And for our existing staff, the team just gets better every day at developing and mentoring new leaders.”
With such a large hiring goal, the company is focusing on non-traditional means to recruit new talent. “The buzz surrounding our company culture is definitely our biggest recruitment asset. Lots of companies have their management make claims about great culture or publish testimonials by selected employees. We haven’t really had to push culture from the top down because it’s something that starts at our grass roots. Our people share their success stories daily with their personal connections. The culture is something people want to be a part of,” says Hutchinson.