Con-way Truckload Seeks Southwestern Drivers

Con-way Truckload Seeks Southwestern Drivers

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.

Seasonally adjusted figures show a smaller, 1.5 percent increase in hiring since January than the unadjusted raw data, which is based on actual headcounts.

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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