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Truck drivers are in demand in the Capital Region

September 12, 2019 02:48 PM

JOHNSTOWN – On the road, trucks are often looked at as something to get around, not something that gets goods around. However, these days trucks and truck drivers are in high demand.

"It is hard to find any qualified, experienced drivers," said Richard Rockefeller of Gloversville, a 23-year veteran driver with over 2.5 million safe driving miles with Walmart. He is a Certified Driver Trainer out of the Walmart Distribution Center. "Everybody's more in tune to the tech world now than wanting to actually come out and actually perform the labor."

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Ironically, the new workforce wants to use screens and keyboards to order things and have them shipped. However, shipping means delivery, and delivery means trucks, and trucks need drivers.

With 71 drivers, they are looking to hire another 30 drivers at the center.

"The combination of a surging freight economy and carriers' need for qualified drivers could severely disrupt the supply chain," said Bob Costello, Chief Economist with the American Trucking Association.

Overall there are 3.5 million professional drivers delivering 71.4-percent in total freight tonnage, according to the ATA. By the end of 2018, nearly 61,000 drivers are needed nationwide. It estimates a shortage of 100,000 in five years and 160,000 by 2028.

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