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Mar 13, 2013

TRUCKERS SHORTAGE: "Good drivers hard to find" * USA

* Indiana - "We're always having trouble finding quality drivers" 

(The trucking industry is recovering from the recession, but still faces significant challenges to growth)
Sellersburg,IND,USA -TheEvansville Courier Press, by MATT KOESTERS -March 12, 2013: -- It's hard to find good help these days, and no one knows it better than Brandon Briscoe... Briscoe is vice president of sales and operations at Talon Logistics, a Sellersburg-based trucking company. Talon first hit the road in 2003, and it now has about 120 employees. It could have a lot more, though... Talon is just one of numerous area trucking companies with open positions it can't fill because of a lack of willing, qualified candidates... Across the state, 1,200 open trucking positions remain unfilled, while between 20,000 and 25,000 drivers are needed nationally, Barry Miller, director of safety for the Indiana Motor Truck Association, recently told the South Bend Tribune... An American Trucking Association study released this year claims that 90 percent of for-hire truckload carriers cannot find enough drivers who are capable of meeting Department of Transportation requirements... And for companies like Talon, simply meeting DOT requirements isn't enough, which further complicates the search... The fact of the matter is that trucking isn't a glamorous profession, Mr. "P'' President, Cindy Collier, acknowledges. Add that to the fact that a large number of drivers are approaching retirement age, and you've got a recipe for a shortage... A truck driver can make anywhere from $35,000 to $80,000 a year, dependent on the driver's willingness to take long hauls. But the money alone isn't attracting drivers, and DOT regulations on operators are making the squeeze even more painful, Collier said...

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