Trucking companies are looking for drivers in a context of shortage
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Truck drivers transport over 70% of all freight in the United States.
Faced with a nationwide trucking shortage, local businesses are looking for ways to keep more people safe behind their wheels.
“The need for supplies related to COVID or people doing a lot of home shopping, it has to move one way or another. I think it certainly had a big impact, especially in our particular terminal here with the container import and export jobs, ”said Clay Richardson, director of trucking parts for Williams Brothers Trucking Company.
From truck to table, the transportation of essentials is fueled by an industry that is always on the move.
“There are also a lot of companies looking to pull truck drivers where they can get them,” Richardson said.
Business is booming right now for the trucking industry, but many trucking companies say they are struggling to convince drivers to join them in helping them deliver these essential goods and services to businesses and consumers. that depend on it.
“We’ve always had an open app for drivers,” Richardson explained.
Trucking jobs account for over 5% of all full-time jobs in the United States.
“It’s a big impact and we pass them every day on the freeway, the freeways, we pass containers and this stuff goes to department stores, this stuff goes to hospitals,” Richardson explained.
A nationwide shortage of truck drivers began in 2018, but with the supply chain problems created by the pandemic, companies say the need for drivers continues to grow, with some people even offering bonuses to the signature or other incentives.
Williams Brothers Trucking Company said it plans to hold a job fair this summer to get more jobs placed locally.
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