Connecticut-based Odyssey Logistics & Technology said Tuesday that it will add 100 jobs to expand its Charlotte operations, which currently employ 170 in the city.
Odyssey first opened a Charlotte office in 2003 with 13 employees. The company has expanded several times in Charlotte, which now is its biggest single operations center, handling technology, customer service and other corporate functions.
CEO Robert Shellman said Odyssey considered other cities for its latest expansion, including Chicago, Atlanta, two sites in Connecticut, and Charleston. In the end, the company decided to add the jobs in Charlotte because of the citys strong workforce and global connectivity with the hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
This is really a global organization here, said Shellman, standing in front of the companys Charlotte building at LakePointe Business Park, off of Tyvola Road. We have folks coming and going all over the world.
Shellman said the company signed a seven-year lease for space in the office park. The 100 jobs will be added over the next several years, and will be customer service, operations, and logistics management positions.
No government incentives were involved in the deal, officials said.
Charlotte Chamber officials said the move was in part due to aggressive recruiting and constant engagement with the company on their part. Kati Hynes, the chambers vice president of economic development, helped convince Odyssey to open its first office in Charlotte in 2003.
Were working on them to try to get their headquarters here, said Hynes.