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A recent study released by the American Trucking Association reports 90 percent of for-hire truckload carriers cannot find enough drivers who are capable of meeting Department of Transportation and Midwest states are feeling it more than ever. While companies are focusing on retention strategies such as bonuses and more home time, Gray Transportation is an example of the many companies that are also re-fueling their recruitment strategies with popular job site TruckingUnlimited.com
Waterloo, IA (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
Gray Transportation is a Midwest regional carrier centrally located in Waterloo, Iowa offering both temperature controlled and dry van services. Company president, Darin Gray previously preferred to spend their money on keeping the 125 drivers they already employed, but their recently expanded fleet has the company in need of new drivers as well. With the ATA estimating the US truck driver shortage will reach 250,000-350,000 within the next couple of years, its not surprising that Darin Gray has already been struggling to find qualified drivers and seeking new sources of recruitment.
While Hawkeye Community College has been trying to help the state generate new hires with their truck driver-training program, Gray said recruiting young, inexperienced drivers can be problematic as well. "We've tried to, but any trucking company that usually has 400 or less trucks is usually regulated by insurance companies, and they require two years' experience," he said. Tightened federal regulations have also cut into the field of candidates, as well as the new generation of drivers looking to be home more often. “I usually get about 25 applications a day, and half are looking strictly for local work.”
As a family run business operating in an 18 U.S. Midwest state region, Gray Transportation is a close-knit company offering regional positions and for many drivers, that is the next best thing. Gray’s drivers average 2,500 – 3,000 miles per week and are home on a regular basis. With a growing fleet of 125 trucks, over 500 tractors, 150 reefer units and 350 dry vans, Gray Transportation has positions available for all types of drivers including reefer, tanker, van, flatbed, car hauling and household goods. To meet their immediate demand for drivers, the company has driven up their recruitment strategy with prominent industry jobsite, TruckingUnlimited.com. TruckingUnlimited.com is an example of the niche, on-line job boards offering industry employers the best of both worlds: unlimited exposure to a targeted demographic of truck drivers.
Gray Transportation is not only offering competitive pay and full benefits to retain their new hires, their exclusive Bonus Program adds to the package as well. From day one, Gray’s drivers can earn a Professional Pay weekly bonus simply by performing their duties in a professional manner. Performance Pay is a monthly bonus rewarding the drivers that can maintain an average of 27,000 to 33,000 miles in a 3-month period. Gray also has a Signature Driver program rewarding drivers simply for adapting to company policies, offers Recruiting pay to all of their drivers of up to $1,250 for each new recruit.
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