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XPO Logistics Plans To Open Office In Charlotte And Hire 200

A logistics company plans to hire up to 200 people over the next three years to staff a new operations center in Charlotte. XPO Logistics is based in Michigan and arranges freight transportation for companies. At the announcement today, the company's Chief Operating Officer Sean Fernandez said the deciding factor in choosing North Carolina was the state's $3.2 million incentive package. Governor Bev Perdue noted the state is attractive to business for other reasons, too. "The top business climate and accessible infrastructure were critical as is the fact that North Carolina was just named the least regulated--that's not in a bad way, but a good way--state in America," said Perdue. "We're environmentally sensitive and health conscious, but our regulation has named us the best place in the country to do business." The company plans to start hiring for the jobs immediately. The average salary will be $56,000 and the positions will be in the areas of accounting, human resources, IT and carrier procurement. The company says the majority of the positions will be filled by locals.