Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®
Con-way Truckload is an operating company of Con-way, Inc., providing expedited, time-definite, full-truckload transportation services in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Formerly Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI), Con-way Truckload today employs more than 3,000 drivers with a fleet of over 2,700 tractors and 8,000 trailers – and an additional 500 administrative employees at its headquarters in Joplin, Missouri. The company’s 2011 revenue was $600 million.
Truckload’s biggest need is for dependable, hardworking, and reliable OTR drivers. Currently, 8 percent of the company’s drivers are former military. The company offers several military- focused programs, including:
* Military Apprenticeship Program – The veteran completes a 160-hour driver-training course at a vocational school of his or her choice, using the GI Bill. Upon completion, the driver attends Con-way’s Boot Camp at Crowder College, just outside Joplin. After finishing Boot Camp, the driver drives a Con-Way truck alongside a driver finisher for 7,500 miles. The driver is then on his/her own.
* Military Apprenticeship Program – The veteran completes a 200-hour driver-training course at Crowder College, using Truckload’s Tuition Assistant Program. Upon completion, the driver drives a Con-way truck with a driver finisher for 7,500 miles, and is then on his/her own.
* Previous or recent military driving experience – Attends a Driver Certification program in Joplin, then drives alongside a driver finisher for 7,500 miles.
Truckload feels strongly that veterans are disciplined, hard workers, family-oriented, and used to working in challenging environments and difficult conditions; that they are principled and understand esprit de corps and teamwork. The company also believes that they epitomize leadership and diligence and respect for the chain of command, they lead by example, and are good corporate citizens.
Truckload believes that veterans are a perfect fit for the organization because they are easy to train, reliable, dependable, comfortable working under stressful conditions, and experienced working alternate shifts. Veterans are also used to being away from home and working all hours of the night and day.