Hiring demand for truck drivers increasing

It’s going to become increasingly difficult to find the talent to fill the continuing demand for truck driving jobs in the U.S., says a recent report from WANTED Analytics, a provider of monthly data on hiring demand. The online job advertising for 230,000 truck drivers in the past 90 days shows an increase of 20 percent over the same time period in 2012.

HIRING DEMAND FOR TRUCK DRIVERS – 4 YEAR HIRING TREND                                   Source:  WANTED Analytics

Source: WANTED Analytics

WANTED Analytics explains that as the demand for goods increases, companies must keep their supply chains running smoothly, and that necessitates hiring more truck drivers. Subsequently, there is increased competition to attract qualified candidates, along with an increase in the time it takes to fill those jobs.

Currently, New York has the highest increase in job advertising for truckers with a 41 percent growth over the same 90-day period in 2012. Ad-posting in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Houston followed, making up the top five in number of job postings. Dallas was second for year-over-year percentage growth at 34 percent.

WANTED Analytics’ National Hiring Scale currently ranks truck drivers as a 64 out of 99 — 99 being the most difficult to hire. However, in the cities of Bismarck, ND, Hinesville, GA, and Bowling Green, KY, that ranking becomes a 93, making them the cities where it is the most difficult to recruit drivers. For example, the average time an ad posting for a truck driver remains online is more than eight weeks in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

On the lowest end of the ranking, however, where drivers are the least difficult to recruit, are Salisbury, MD, Morristown, TN, and Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL. With a ranking of only five out of 99, online postings by recruiters are only lasting four-and-a-half weeks, indicating favorable conditions for filling positions.

The national average of time to fill truck driving jobs currently stands at six-and-a-half weeks.

Focus On… Denver

Both the largest city and capital of Colorado, Denver is a city located just east of the front range of the Rocky Mountains. The Mile-High City gets its nickname from having an official elevation exactly one mile above sea level (5,280 feet).

Denver started out in 1858 as a small mining town, but the population quickly took off. By 1860 Denver was a frontier town with an economy based on gambling, saloons, livestock, and goods trading. However, the young city was threatened when the decision was made to route the transcontinental railroad through Cheyenne instead of Denver. In response, Denver citizens came together to raise money to build a link to the transcontinental railroad, the Denver Pacific. Finally linked to the rest of the nation by rail, Denver prospered as a service and supply center that grew exponentially.

Downtown Denver

Denver is now a beautiful cosmopolitan city, full of parks, museums, opera houses, and music venues. Denver is also a regional hub for the trucking industry, with many trucking companies setting up shop here. And it’s no wonder why—Denver is ideally located both centrally in the state of Colorado and also as a gateway city to the Mountain West. The Denver area supplies truck drivers with plenty of work, and the vast economy requires plenty of truckers to keep it going.

Overall, Denver is a wonderful place to call home and was ranked number six in Business Week’s annual list of “America’s 50 Best Cities.”  Whether it’s visiting one of the many great ski resorts just a short drive away or going for a summer visit to stunning Pikes Peak, there is truly something for everyone. If you are a truck driver looking for a place to call home, there is perhaps no city with better opportunities and a more attractive location than Denver.

Bulkmatic Transport continues upward

Bulkmatic Transport is one of America’s leading dry bulk carriers and has been pushing to set higher standards in the industry since the 1970s. For nearly forty years, the company has been working hard in the trucking industry, spreading their influence and expertise into transloading and warehousing branches. Bulkmatic’s terminals and warehouses are numbered at 59 separate facilities across the continental United States and Mexico.

Though Bulkmatic is a privately owned company, they have been open about their recent leadership changes. President A.Y. Bingham still leads a stellar team of executives with the changes coming the vice president line up across various departments in the company. Looking down the road, Bulkmatic is looking forward to continuous improvement and future growth.

It can hard to imagine how much more growth Bulkmatic can do or how much further they can go with all that they do already. Bulkmatic’s trucks transport enough food for 13 million meals every day, and that’s just the food that they haul.

dry bulk carrier
The company’s specialty is in their dry bulk transportation. All of their trailers are certified to be Kosher food grade carriers. Those trailers that do not haul foodstuffs are carrying plastics and dry chemicals to destinations all over North America. Utilizing the latest technology, Bulkmatic has eliminated the risk of any contamination from one load to the next.

Bulkmatic Transport has been praised among industry professionals for their proficient management of costs and resources in difficult economic times. Employees also benefited from the business sense displayed and will no doubt continue to in the future. For more information about Bulkmatic Transport, review their company profile here, and browse their current trucking job postings.

TSG hosts health walk at MATS

Okay, drivers, it’s that time of year when we get over the winter doldrums and start thinking about getting in shape again. And with the arrival of spring, outdoors is just the place to get going. Here’s an opportunity for everyone in the trucking industry to help others and help themselves.

health walk

The Trucking Solutions Group Driver Health Council, along with TA/Petro, will be hosting the fourth annual Driver Health Awareness Walk on Friday, March 22, 2013. The event will take place during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Everyone who is interested in getting fit, and perhaps even picking up some pointers for enhancing their own exercise experience, is invited to join in the fun, non-competitive walk. The course is 1.5 miles, but in order to include all walkers, shorter distances can be chosen by participants. The event is free.

Registration is required for the MATS Health Awareness Walk and can be done at www.truckingsolutionsgroup.org now or just before the walk in Room B103 of the Kentucky International Convention Center where all participants are to meet at 2:00 p.m. There will be free gifts for participants while supplies last.

The first Health Awareness Walk was held at the Mid-American Trucking Show in 2010 and has since become somewhat of a tradition with similar events held at the Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas and the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.


Hidden benefits

Walking is a low-impact exercise that can bring a high level of health to drivers and others. And according to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits are greater than one might realize.

A regular walking routine will:

  • Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
  • Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of, or manage, type 2 diabetes
  • Manage your weight
  • Improve your mood
  • Help you stay strong and fit

And there’s even more good news. Mayo also says that a regular regimen of brisk walking reduces heart attack risk as much as more demanding exercises, such as jogging.

Shell brings natural gas to heavy-duty customers

Shell is investing in infrastructure to make liquefied natural gas (LNG) a viable fuel option for its commercial customers in the near future. Investment in two small-scale liquefaction units – one on the Gulf Coast and another in the Great Lakes – will lead to two new LNG transport corridors in those regions. Operations and production at these two locations are expected to begin in about three years.

Alternative fuel options

Shell to add liquefied natural gas for heavy duty trucks

The abundance of natural gas in North America could bring a cost-competitive advantage to heavy-duty trucks currently using conventional diesel fuel. Also, LNG is a cleaner-burning energy source that has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is an especially important factor as an increasing number of states continue to make stricter emissions laws.

The Gulf Coast installation will be at the Shell Geismar Chemicals facility in Geismar, La. This facility will eventually supply LNG (0.25 million tons per annum) along the Mississippi River, the Intra-Coastal Waterway, the offshore Gulf of Mexico, and the onshore oil and gas exploration areas of Texas and Louisiana.

The Shell Sarnia Manufacturing Centre in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, will be the site of the small-scale liquefaction unit (0.25 million tons per annum) for the Great Lakes Corridor. The Ontario location will supply LNG fuel to all five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as the bordering U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Currently, Shell is working to supply LNG to truckers in Canada, starting with three sites along an Alberta, Canada, trucking route. For U.S. truckers, Shell says it will work with Travel Centers of America to provide LNG at truck stops across the country.

Focus on… Chicago

Chicago is America’s third largest city with almost 10 million people in the metro area that reaches out of Illinois into Indiana and Wisconsin. The booming metropolis of today has risen from the very humble beginnings of a trading outpost at the mouth of the Chicago River. The prime location along Lake Michigan with rivers flowing deeper into the Great Plains set the city to grow and do so quickly.

Chicago skylineMany of the contributions to today’s trucking industry found their start in the early days of Chicago. The refrigerated rail car was developed by the Swift company in the city to accommodate transportation of cut meat toward the East Coast. Though the Swift responsible for the rail car is not the one known among trucking today, it did establish the design for early models of reefer trailers. As America moved away from the rails, it also helped spread fresh produce further along the road, such as Route 66 which finds its start in front at Grant Park in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The trade industry founded the City of Chicago and is what keeps it’s Midwestern hustle flowing today. At its current size, it should be of no surprise that the city is also the 4th largest in the world for its gross domestic product numbers. That makes for a lot of goods to be shipped in and out of the city. Estimates today claim that at least 50% of America’s freight moves through the city. Whether it be on truck, ship, or rail, truck drivers are kept busy running the freeways and working the thousands of intermodal jobs that are necessary to keep the products moving.

As the interstates spider web their way out from the ports at one end of town, trucks are in constant motion to reach beyond the Midwest. Find more trucking jobs in Chicago that are currently available by clicking here.