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Help wanted: nationwide truck driver shortage

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As the economy continues to improve there's a need for more truck drivers. In fact there's a nationwide shortage and it's being felt right here in our region. So Motor Carrier Service of Northwood is holding a job fair to fill the gap.

Right now the industry is short tens of thousands of drivers and in just a few years some predict that number will be ten times higher. John Fritzius is the Chief Operating Officer for MCS,"This problem has been coming for a long time." There are more than 90 drivers out on the road for MCS but like a lot of other trucking companies, MCS needs more. Keith Tuttle's father started the company more than 35 years ago,"About 80% of the total tonnage moved in this country is hauled by truck so as the economy improves the need for good, safe, reliable truckers gets higher and higher." 

Fritzius says the shortage is expected to increase significantly within the next decade, "Estimates now are that there is a shortage of about 30,000 drivers and by the year 2020 they are talking about being 300,000 drivers short."

It's often a tough job but Fritzius says MCS offers its drivers a good salary and benefits, "It pays well but life on the road can be tough. That's why we switched to a regional operation, to get our drivers home. Our drivers earned between $53,000 and $68,000 last year and that's home most weekends and home a couple nights a week to have dinner with the family."

MCS was started in 1977. The company used to move auto parts but MCS has since diversified. They do work for both local and national companies,"We haul for food services, primarily for the beverage industry. We haul empty cans out and finished goods back." 

Tuttle says the company has won some big honors thanks to its drivers, "We've picked up a lot of good awards. It's a good business and we're proud of the team we've been able to build here."

Motor Carrier Service will hold a driver recruiting fair at company headquarters on Lemoyne road in Northwood on Saturday, June 7th. You need to have two years experience and a safe driving record. Click here to learn more.
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