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Hartsfield-Jackson International, the largest U.S. cargo shipping company, said Thursday it hired 10 people to join its Seattle-based Fleet Management Center, adding to an already busy hiring spree that includes about 1,000 new positions since June.
The firm said the hires include a “specialist in freight operations” and “operating systems and logistics” as well as a “high-performance project manager.”
The company said in a statement that it is “actively recruiting for additional senior positions.”
In June, the company said it had hired 870 new jobs since June 1.
“Our goal is to ensure that we are filling all openings for our Fleet Management Centre staff as quickly as possible,” the statement said.
“We are committed to providing our Fleet managers with the most advanced training and technical support they need to be successful and have an efficient and effective workforce.”
The Fleet Management Centers are staffed with people with more than 30 years of experience in the shipping industry.
It’s not known how many positions were filled.
In a letter to shareholders last week, Hartsfields CEO Bob Bostrom said the firm had more than 100 positions open in Seattle at the time.
The company also said it’s recruiting for other jobs in the Seattle region.
The Fleet Manager Center will focus on “operations and logistics, customer service, logistics support, and advanced logistics capabilities,” according to a letter from Bostram.
The Seattle Times reported last month that the company was considering a move to the East Coast, where it will focus its efforts on “filling jobs with people who can be effective in the rapidly changing freight sector.”
Hartsons has about 3,300 employees in the United States and Canada.
The letter did not say whether the Seattle-area positions will be filled directly by Hartsones employees or through outsourcing.
The latest hiring at the Fleet Management centers is “not a reflection of our commitment to hiring locally or our commitment, but is a reflection that we continue to be able to meet the needs of our customers,” the company’s statement said, referring to Hartson.
The hiring comes after a string of recent news about the Seattle area’s economic impact.
In April, Hainsons announced it would hire more than 1,400 new workers to staff its Seattle office.
That same month, the Seattle City Council approved $1.5 million in tax incentives for Hainson to expand its workforce.
Last month, Horseshoe Bay, a company owned by the same parent company as Harts’ Pacific Northwest branch, said it would invest $200 million in new facilities to expand production in Seattle.
The investment is part of a broader push by Hainsones to expand in the region, which it has historically controlled.
“While we’ve always strived to be a leader in Seattle, this expansion will allow us to build on that leadership,” Hainsone’s CEO Robert Hains said in the letter.
Hains is also seeking to diversify its business by hiring more people from other parts of the world.
Hartsman has also been expanding its workforce in the South, adding about 5,000 people in its Seattle branch in recent years.
Last year, Hain’s Pacific Northwest Pacific office said it hired more than 300 people to work at its regional headquarters in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
The city of Seattle said it was in the process of expanding the number of people it has available to work there.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said last month his administration had hired more city workers in recent months, including more police officers and firefighters.
The mayor said his administration was expanding the city’s workforce by about 2,500 people a year.