, a provider of freight and shipping services, has selected a Pittsfield location to complement its Texas headquarters and hired five employees, the first of several it expects to need in coming months.
The satellite office, which opened about a month ago and is Siam's first branch, gives the company access to one of its main customers, an auto supplier, and also lets it tap into local resources, says branch manager Matthew Navan.
"I was pushing for Ann Arbor the whole time because of the talent and the graduating students and their abilities, and because it's really and up and coming area," says Navan, who convinced the company to settle in the Ann Arbor area after first trying offices in Brighton and then Plymouth.
Besides hiring five new employees, the new office is leading to work for Ann Arbor and metro trucking companies and truck owner/operators. Unlike many freight and shipping companies, Siam Logistics, which is minority owned, does not own its own trucks. Its philosophy is to save in overhead and provide more customized and personalized service by connecting its customers with the trucking companies and truck owner/operators who can move their goods, Navan says.
"We're looking to hire another six to nine people in the coming year year and half," Navan says. "We couldn't be happier in Ann Arbor. There's no doubt we're going to grow here."
Source: Matthew Navan, Michigan branch office manager, Siam Logistics
Writer: Kim North Shine