SYRACUSE — Mohawk Global Logistics is expanding its Buffalo sales office into a full-service branch.
The shipping-logistics firm has added four new employees to the location with the expansion. Previously, Mohawk Global had two salespeople in that office.
The site will now offer local import and export businesses a complete set of logistics services, including customs brokerage, international and domestic transportation, warehousing and distribution, and trade consulting. Mohawk Global, based in Syracuse, has additional offices in the Rochester, Albany, and Chicago areas.
The company employs more than 85 people, including 55 in Syracuse.
Demand from clients drove the expansion to a full Buffalo branch, says Sherie Cuddy, the regional manager for Mohawk Global who is overseeing that location. The company sees strong growth potential in the Buffalo market and expects to add more people to the office in the future, she adds.
In addition to the sales office, the company has been offering free global trade seminars in Buffalo for the past three years to help educate the business community on issues related to import and export compliance.
Mohawk Global opened its Buffalo sales office in 2008. It already had a customer base in the market, even before opening there.
The market was a good one for the firm since it is close to Toronto, a major gateway for international shipping, according to the company.
Buffalo was the final piece to Mohawk Global’s upstate New York footprint. The firm began expanding outside New York last year with the opening of a Chicago office.
The company already had clients outside the region, but Chicago was its first physical location outside the state. The city is a strategic gateway to the Midwest, according to Mohawk Global.
Major rail connections run through Chicago and it’s a hub for air freight as well. The location will allow Mohawk Global to reach further into cities like Milwaukee and Minneapolis as well, according to the company.
Mohawk Global relocated to a new headquarters at 123 Air Cargo Road earlier this year. The firm is now located in the former US Air reservation center on the Syracuse Hancock International Airport property.
The company had been based in 10,000 square feet of space at 152 Air Cargo Road. Mohawk Global currently occupies about 60 percent of the new building’s 26,000 square feet of space.
The city of Syracuse acquired the building after US Airways shut down its reservation center in Syracuse after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The center was one of several the airline closed nationwide after the attacks.
Mohawk Global announced a lease-to-own agreement with the city on the building in January 2011.