May 27, 2014 10:30 AM, EDT
Maverick Could Use 500 More Drivers Immediately, CEO Says

Maverick USA CEO Steve Williams said his company could easily use 500 more drivers immediately and shipments are just waiting for trucks, Arkansas Business reported.

“I could easily — easily — use 500 more drivers right now,” Williams told the magazine. “He who has the drivers will have the business. That’s the name of the game.”

“I’ve been doing this a long time, and good drivers have been hard to find for some time,” Williams said. “It’s a challenge that is only going to be met with a lot of additional money for compensation. We are having to bring a lot of nontraditional truck drivers into the field.”

To help get more drivers the company is expanding and improving its on-site training facility. The $4 million expansion will create an additional 13,000 square feet of space; add four classrooms and several bays where students can get hands on experience, according to the magazine.

The facility is scheduled to open June 18.

Maverick ranks No. 84 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.