Con-way Truckload, looking to hire more truck drivers in the Western U.S., reopened a driver orientation site in Phoenix that closed during the recession.
The Joplin, Mo.-based truckload carrier plans to hire 30 to 50 experienced truck drivers a month in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
The Phoenix site brings to six the number of driver orientation centers operated by Con-way Truckload throughout the country, the company said on Monday.
Reopening the Phoenix center will make it easier for truckers in the Southwest to attend a five-day orientation program required of all new Con-way drivers.
Demand for drivers at all types of trucking operations is getting stronger. DriverJobs.com has seen a 30 to 40 percent increase in job postings and driver applications over last year, National Sales Manager Tony Orr said.
For-hire trucking companies have increased payroll 3.3 percent since the beginning of the year, according to unadjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
BLS data include mechanics, office personnel, drivers and managers at approximately 111,000 for-hire local, long-haul and specialized trucking companies.
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