ArdentX LLC, a Jacksonville-based transportation and logistics company, plans to relocate and open a warehouse in the Freebird Commerce Center in North Jacksonville.
The move will more than triple ArdentX’s office space, start the warehouse project and double the capacity for employees and truck owner operators.
“I’ve been doing this for 40 years,” said founder and CEO Chuck Miller on April 26th.
“We’re just very good at what we do. We communicate too much and our service is amazing. “
According to Miller, the freight brokerage company is always available and the staff work on weekends.
He expects revenue of $ 120 million this year, up from $ 70 million last year and $ 50 million in 2019.
Customers include Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Anheuser-Busch, General Motors, Ford and US Foods.
ArdentX is also number 1 nationwide in COVID-19 tests.
The ArdentX.co website states that its customers include the food, paper, electronics, government and machinery industries. (The website is more .co than .com as this was used by a non-government marketing company.)
Miller said ArdentX is investing $ 1.8 million in its headquarters project at 13225 Vantage Way, 110. He hopes to move operations out of the Southpoint area by September.
ArdentX’s van in the parking lot at 95 Corporate Center, the current headquarters. The company wants at least five for local work and expedited deliveries.
ArdentX will lease 51,692 square meters of space from Freebird.
Miller said the company will use approximately 42,000 square feet for storage and 10,000 square feet for offices and employee facilities such as a gym, locker rooms, kitchen, lounge, game room, and more.
On April 23, the city issued a permit for the expansion of 13,500 square meters.
Emerald C’s Development Inc. is the contractor for the $ 877,477 expansion. Micamy Design Studio is the interior designer.
The North Jacksonville location in the Jacksonville International Tradeport puts it closer to Jacksonville International Airport for air freight and to Amazon.com’s Pecan Park Road fulfillment centers.
Miller said ArdentX had 50 employees and he hoped to double that with the move. Hiring would begin about a month before the move.
ArdentX needs customer service and warehouse workers, brokers, dispatchers and owners who own their own equipment.
He said ArdentX owns 50 trailers and has contracts with truck owners. He intends to double that number.
Miller said 30 followers will arrive in June, bringing the number to 80. Then he intends to order 20 more.
ArdentX also owns a panel van and wants at least five for local work and expedited shipments.
COO Connor Miller said ArdentX is using the panel truck for local delivery, less than truck load, last mile and expedited loads.
Headquarters is now located in 3,264 square feet of office space at 6675 Corporate Center Parkway, Suite 300, at 95 Corporate Center in the Southpoint area.
State corporate records show that ArdentX is led by Charles E. Miller III as President. ArdentX.co’s website says he founded the company in 2003 as United Transport Services.
It was changed to ArdentX in 2019.
“As the transportation industry evolved, Chuck understood that he would need someone with an innate understanding of the technology to keep growing. In 2015, Connor Miller came on board and United Transport Services became ArdentX, ”the website says.
Connor Miller, Chuck Miller’s son, is listed as a co-founder on the website.
Connor Miller, 27, is the chief operating officer. He has taken over day-to-day operations and said sales have doubled.
Chuck Miller said he changed the name to reflect the meaning of “passionate” and added the X to avoid conflict with other company names that use the word.
He said passionate means passionate and wholeheartedly. “That’s what we want are, passionate.”
Miller, 58, also has a foundation, the CEM Foundation, which is focused on helping the community, especially children. He also has an investment group, ArdentX Holdings.
According to Miller, Rich Antzcak, director of Newmark Phoenix Realty Group, represented ArdentX on the lease.
Scannell Properties of Indianapolis is the owner and developer of the Freebird Commerce Center.
The senior directors of Cushman & Wakefield of Florida LLC, Jacob Horsley and Tyler Newman and senior associate Taylor Calfee, represent the property.
The Freebird Commerce Center consists of two buildings. The ArdentX lease fills the remainder of the 156,000-square-foot Building 100.
The hardware store Lowe’s Companies Inc. rents 104,000 square feet there for a last-mile delivery facility for bulky items such as household appliances, ride-on mowers, grills and garden furniture.
Miller said ArdentX is talking to Lowe about a contract.
Building 200 is a 117,750-square-foot building that Horsley says will be fully available on April 26th.
The location is on the roads to the southwest of Duval and at the airport to the west of Interstate 95.
Luke Feldman, senior associate at NAI Hallmark, represents 95 corporate centers.
He said the ArdentX lease term ends next year and the space is in the market.