FORT MYERS — Scotlynn USA, a fast-growing logistics and transportation firm, has announced plans to build a new $11 million headquarters.
The company, which specializes in truckload transportation and the distribution of perishable products, is building its new central hub at 9597 Gulf Research Lane in Fort Myers, according to a statement. Groundbreaking is scheduled for later this month, the release adds, and the three-story, 60,000-square-foot building will incorporate contemporary interior design elements that have an industrial feel, reflecting Scotlynn’s core business. An example includes corrugated metal wall panels that mimic containers hauled by tractor trailers, the release adds.
The new space will also come equipped with a gym, basketball court, cafeteria, walking track, and an indoor/outdoor recreational space featuring an eating area, the release states. The project will also feature eight acres of on-site improvements as well as an existing road extension. It is expected to be complete and open for business by 2021.
“Scotlynn manages thousands of shipments across North America each week that provide essential food and supplies for millions of people,” says Ryan Carter, executive vice president of Scotlynn Transport LLC and Scotlynn USA Division Inc., in the statement. “The headquarters in Fort Myers is part of our overall expansion and a continuous mission to become a world-class leader in freight transportation and a workplace for the brightest and most ambitious professionals. Fort Myers is the best choice for us to achieve long-term growth for our incredible operations and management team members.”
The complex will eventually be home to over 350 management and operation staff.
Scotlynn has agreed to hire no less than 140 new employees for the Fort Myers facility in the next three years, in exchange for performance-based tax credit hiring incentives from the Lee County Economic Development office and Enterprise Florida. “This opportunity comes at a critical time in our local economy,” says Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli, who also serves as County Commission liaison to the Economic Development Office and the Horizon Council, in the statement. “The logistical services provided by Scotlynn USA during the COVID-19 crisis has been invaluable, and the new jobs they’re creating will serve as an important part of our local recovery. Moving product across our country, especially perishable goods, is an essential service now and in the future. Lee County is very proud to support that effort.”
Fort Myers-based Seagate Development Group is constructing and developing the Scotlynn headquarters. Seagate is building other headquarters projects in he area, including one for lab-testing firm NeoGenomics. “We are pleased to have been chosen to lead this exciting project and to work with the exceptional team at Scotlynn. We are also just as proud that our local knowledge brought us here,” Seagate CEO and partner Matt Price says in the release. “Seagate is seeing an increase in local businesses expanding to accommodate growth. It’s great to see projects of this magnitude stay in Southwest Florida and make a positive impact on the community.”
Scotlynn USA Division Inc. has division offices in Tampa and Indianapolis. It was founded in 2010 and did $219 million in revenue in 2019.