FFE Transportation Services, Inc. | www.ffeinc.com |
Published in the July/August 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
FFE Transportation Services, Inc., got its start thanks in part to the U.S. Army. Cy Weller, an attorney who was drafted into the Army during World War II, came back to his home in San Antonio in 1943 to discover he no longer had office space. But instead of searching for a new office, Weller took what he earned in the military and used it to buy surplus Army equipment, including salvage trucks to sell to trucking companies.
Weller found there was a demand for transporting perishable items, such as fruit and seafood, across the United States. Refrigerated trucks existed, but none that were in mass production had the deep-freezing capacity to transport perishables over long distances. So Weller purchased Army refrigerators used for the international shipment of food. He installed these refrigerators into trailers, creating some of America’s first deep-refrigeration trailers. Today, FFE is one of the nation’s largest refrigerated trucking companies, and the nation’s only refrigerated transportation services company offering truckload, LTL, intermodal, and logistics services locally and internationally.
Greg Peace, manager of the company’s driver academy and an Air Force veteran, said FFE would like to hire more veterans because the company has a huge need. “Drivers, drivers, drivers,” he said. “We have lots of freight. Our primary need is for entry level drivers that we can train for a career in the transportation industry.”
But veterans shouldn’t expect to stay drivers for long – unless they want to. “We have hired and retained many veterans from all branches,” Peace said. “Many of our veterans have been promoted from driver to other positions throughout our organization. We are very proud of our veterans and they do really well in our school and in our company.
“We can provide a veteran the opportunity to train into a new career in 18 days, with a guaranteed job at the end of training. With today’s jobless rate holding steady at around 9 percent, this is a good place to start. We have had many young veterans start in over-the-road trucking, gain some experience, and transfer to local driving jobs to be home. Many have driven for a few years and saved money to open their own business or go back to school. There are no layoffs at our company. We haul food, and people have to eat. Once you have a commercial driver’s license, you have a job for life.”