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MEDC Announces $2M Performance-Based Grant for FWF

MEDC Announces $2M Performance-Based Grant for FWF

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – “B & L Systems LLC dba Fifth Wheel Freight (FWF), founded in 2012 in Lansing, is a third-party logistics and transportation provider that offers full-service logistics solutions to its clientele. The company is actively pursuing opportunities for future growth and plans to establish a new flagship headquarters at a yet-to-be-determined location in Michigan.

Fifth Wheel Freight has the ability to offer less-than-truckload and full-truckload shipping, with growing proficiencies in intermodal, drayage, and domestic and international ground and air freight services. The company is headquartered in Kentwood and currently has 157 employees.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of up to $40 million and create 352 jobs over the first three years with the support of a $2 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. FWF considered opening satellite offices in Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee before choosing to establish a flagship headquarters in Michigan. This strategic move will allow FWF to play to its operational strengths and talent base while strategically expanding nationwide.

The newly created positions will include logistics consultants, sales executives, and business development representatives with opportunities for growth within the organization. FWF takes pride in building skillsets that establish the foundation for long-term success and career growth and offers full benefits, competitive pay, and more. With their industry-leading training and development programs, each team member at FWF is poised for long-term success in an industry expected to double in market size by 2028.

The project will produce high-paying logistics jobs with a well-positioned, privately owned employer and continue to deepen FWF’s presence in West Michigan and future business in the state.

Information on careers with Fifth Wheel Freight can be found here.”

About FWF

FWF is a third-party logistics and transportation company headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI. Together, we have paved the way in the transportation industry since our founding in 2012. Our award-winning culture is devoted to empowering people and collectively creating an environment of excellence as we strive to move teammates, partners, and customers upward to create a lasting impact. As a 3PL, we specialize in full truckload (TL), less-than-truckload (LTL), drayage, rail, and international ground and air freight. FWF’s services extend far beyond moving freight. In addition to logistics and transportation services, we provide ongoing leadership developmentdiversity, equity, and inclusion guidance, and specialized industry training. Learn more about us at fwf.com.

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Kathleen Achtenberg (2024, January 23). New Economic Development Projects Will Create Nearly 1,000 Jobs Across the State. [Press release]. https://www.michiganbusiness.org/press-releases/2024/01/msf/

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