SHELBYVILLE, TENN. - Big G Express celebrated National Driver Appreciation and Wellness Week last month with food, gifts and more for the company's 400 drivers.
Big G administration and office staff provided made-to-order omelets, fresh coffee, sandwiches, grilled pork chops, burgers and hot dogs for breakfast and lunch throughout the third week of September at Big G's terminals. Big G vendors celebrated, too, with prizes awarded in a drawing for drivers, including a $500 gift card to Wilderness in the Smokies and a $1,000 tire gift card.
"Professional truck drivers are vital to our business and the economy, and our Big G Express team exemplifies excellence in the industry," says Deanna Phelps, Big G Express vice president of human resources. "Professional truck drivers have many talents that equip them to deal with the many challenges they face every day delivering our customer freight across the nation. We make it a priority to respect the talents of our drivers year round."
Big G has invested in the Dan Baker video training series, "It's All About the Driver," and has implemented a company-wide weekly training schedule for all non-driver staff. The videos address the challenges of over the road driving along with the communication and support required to assist the driver with daily challenges. "Get ‘em rollin, get ‘em paid and get ‘em home...with as much respect and dignity as possible" is Dan Baker's message to everyone in the trucking industry.
There is a growing shortage of over the road truck drivers in the United States, and industry experts site an increase in freight demands, an aging driver population and Federal Motor Carrier Association's Compliance, Safety and Accountability Program (CSA) regulations that reduce the number of hours a driver can drive for the deficit.
Big G Express realizes the impact that the driver shortage and high driver turnover has had on trucking companies and has made a commitment to making Big G a place for drivers to grow and succeed. As an employee owned company, all Big G employees have a stake in the success of the company and receive stock in the company based on their years of service and compensation once a year. Big G President Randy Vernon points out, "If we had all the freight in the world and it all paid $10 a mile, that without our professional drivers none of it would get delivered."
Big G Express works closely with their customers to keep driver wait time down and has 95% no touch freight. The sales and operations teams work together to secure regional freight with lanes that get drivers home most weekends. Big G offers excellent benefits with competitive pay and built in raises of ½ penny a mile every 6 months as well as safety, recruiting, fuel efficiency and performance bonus opportunities.
Big G Express is currently recruiting professional drivers. Qualified drivers must be at least 21 years of age, have a good MVR/ driving record and at least six months of recent OTR experience. Big G Express offers an array of benefits, including retirement, vacation and holiday pay; health, dental, vision and life insurance; 401k plan; new equipment; and home time on most weekends. To learn more about the Company or to find out more about employment opportunities, please visithttp://www.biggexpress.com/or call recruiting at 1-800-684-9140 ext 2.
About Big G Express, Inc:
Founded in 1995 Big G Express, Inc. provides truckload, warehousing and logistic services to customers nationwide. Big G Express became 100% employee owned through an ESOP in January 2009. An ESOP is a tax qualified employee benefit plan governed and regulated by United States law. The ESOP gives the employees of Big G Express a beneficial ownership in the company. Big G Express, Inc. employee owners have a real stake in the success of the company and work hard to increase efficiency and profitability. The company has grown to over $60 million in annual revenues, 400 trucks, 1,000 trailers and over 500 employee owners. Employee stock has more than doubled in just three years of being an ESOP. Big G Express, Inc. is headquartered in Shelbyville, Tenn. with terminals in Deason, Tenn., Mt Juliet, Tenn., Russellville, Tenn. and Clarksville, Ind..http://www.biggexpress.com/
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