Schneider National will expand its pool of regional truckload drivers more than 600 percent this year, hiring an additional 2,100 drivers to fuel its short-haul business.
It's a significant acceleration of Schneider's trucking plans for its new regional unit, which expanded rapidly since it was launched in 2008 in the Southwest.
Schneider, a founding member of the long-haul, one-way truckload industry, wants to log 50 percent of its truck miles on short-haul runs of less than 500 miles.
It expanded Schneider Regional into the Midwest and Southeast last fall, and into the Northeast starting in December, serving a total of 45 states with 400 drivers.
Strong demand is building a denser freight base in all of Schneider's regions, propelling expansion at a faster pace, said Vice President Mike Hinz.
"The customer demand for our regional service has exceeded our expectations and created enough freight density to get drivers home weekly," he said.
Hiring will continue throughout the year, with 2,500 regional drivers in place by the end of December, Hinz said.
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