Gregory Van Tighem

Government, Business, Equipment

Executives: Trailer Orders Down, but Robust 2018 Helped Companies Prepare for Future

Estes Express truck Mike Palmer, vice president of fleet services at Estes Express, said that the company invested heavily in trailers last year to both plan for future growth as well as “right size” its fleet. (Estes Express)

A downward trend in trailer orders this year is accompanying the softening freight environment in 2019, but also follows a banner year when motor carriers stocked up on equipment they think they’ll need to navigate the next several years, fleet and manufacturing executives said.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
August 27, 2019
Business, Top 100

North Carolina Cultivates Talent for Careers in Trucking Operations

For young people and others seeking ways to prepare for a new and rewarding career without racking up serious college debt, the North Carolina Trucking Association has joined forces with 13 state community colleges to ­offer some options.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
June 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Some Fleets, 3PLs Turn to Near-Shore Staffing to Address Shortage of Office Workers

Lean Staffing Solutions Some U.S. trucking and logistics firms have turned to near-shore staffing services to handle office tasks amid a shortage of entry-level logistics workers. (Lean Staffing Solutions)

While the freight transportation industry has struggled for years to recruit and retain truck drivers and maintenance technicians, many companies are facing another labor challenge — a shortage of entry-level office workers.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
May 28, 2019