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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:30 am

EMERALD ISLE — Keith Byrd, Travis Burt and the entire Transportation Impact team have had a lot to celebrate this summer.

The firm has saved its clients more than $200 million in shipping costs, both by parcel and by truckload, since it was founded in 2008. 

On Tuesday, the parcel-spend management company held a ribbon cutting with the Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce at its new headquarters at 8921 Crew Drive. An after-hours event was held at the site a few weeks ago with the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the new site, the employees also recently found out the company was named to the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth year, was designated in the N.C. Fast 40 list that celebrates privately owned business growth and made the list of the top 100 privately owned companies in the state based on revenue.

All of this has been accomplished with a company that has just 53 employees, co-founders Mr. Byrd and Mr. Burt pointed out. 

“Wow. Just, wow,” Mr. Byrd said with a laugh when asked what his reaction was to the list of recent accolades. “That was our goal initially, to just make it one time on the Inc. 5000 list,” he added. The founders were informed about their latest awards, immediately after they moved into the new headquarters.

“To have this building here, like Travis said, it’s humbling,” said Mr. Byrd. “But it’s a goal we had, and as long as you have the right people surrounding you and you’re focused on execution, then you can get there, and we did.”

At the ribbon-cutting event, Mr. Byrd also used the word “humble” to describe seeing the progression of Transportation Impact from its beginning in a house, to the back of a surf shop, then on to a bigger office, before building its new location, all since the company was founded less than a decade ago.

As attendees toured the new three-story building that boasts office space, a restaurant and lounge, the various levels were explained by a staff member, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres were served by Caribsea, the restaurant on the third floor that is open to the public for dinner.

 Mr. Burt said success was always the goal of the business, but added the co-owners thought they’d “have to work 15 to 20 more years before we’d have something like this.” 

Already, the new office space is at risk at being full capacity, with just four more offices left. The duo joked this was poor planning on their part, and noted with their expanded services, they have had to hire more people. 

The company has also purchased a nearby lot so it will have room to grow in the future when needed. 

“We got a good strong three-year plan, five-year and ten-year plan,” said Mr. Byrd. “We’re looking to keep moving.” 

“We’re not slowing down,” added Mr. Burt.

The pair told the crowd they aimed to have the entire building done by area contractors and builders, because they wanted to place an emphasis on using local resources and residents.

“It’s important because we believe in giving back to our community, they’ve been good to us, they’ve supported us they’ve provided us great people to do our job. We take that very personally down to, you know, the architect, the surveyor, the landscaper, we want to keep the person who cleans the building, we want to keep everything locally to generate more from an economic perspective,” said Mr. Byrd. 

Mr. Burt agreed and said they hope the company is leading by example for other area businesses. He said by using local resources, money will continue to come into the county’s economy. 

Contact Anna Harvey at 252-726-7081, ext. 229; email; or follow on Twitter @annaccnt. 

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