Congressman Jon Runyan and Top Representatives from McLane Company Visit Smith & Solomon to Address the Ongoing Need for Drivers in the Trucking Industry
Bordentown, New Jersey, August 21, 2014: Today Congressman Jon Runyan of New Jersey’s 3rd District and McLane Company representatives, Shane Falls and Michael Watson visited Smith & Solomon Commercial Driver Training at their Bordentown, NJ Campus. It served as a great opportunity to fully express and demonstrate the validity of the ongoing issue the economy is facing with the lack of drivers that are needed to fill over 100,000 truck driving positions current to date.* During the Congressman’s visit, he was given a walk-through of the facility to view the training process, equipment and curriculum that Smith & Solomon provides to its students. He was also able to ride in a training vehicle alongside one of the schools top instructors.
Having McLane Company representatives Shane Falls and Michael Watson present at the visit assisted in affirming the difficulty in hiring the amount of drivers that are needed. McLane Company is one of the major trucking companies Smith & Solomon has a relationship with today in placing their graduates in jobs. According to Falls, he says there are plenty of opportunities but the numbers in applicants aren’t enough to fill the gap. Additionally, being confident in the training and equipment that Smith & Solomon provides its students, Falls says he will hire drivers immediately following their graduation from the program.
The deficit in commercial truck drivers has been a topic that continues to rise to the surface in the media as this problem has only worsened over time. Several trucking publications, as well as the Bureau of Labor and Statistics provide the overwhelming numbers to confirm the stress this lack has on the economy overall. Major trucking companies are increasing wages and implementing even more incentives to gain the attention of those seeking a secure career. Just this past June, the Labor Department reported 201,000 long-haul trucker positions advertised online* – with the industry responsible for transporting nearly 70% of the nation’s freight, the cry to fulfill this need is resounding.
Smith & Solomon has been in the truck driver training industry for over two decades. They are one of the largest commercial driver training schools in the country, maintaining a fleet of 200 pieces of equipment. They have eight campuses throughout the northeast United States- Bellmawr, New Jersey, Bordentown, New Jersey, Lakewood, New Jersey, Linden, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Norristown, Pennsylvania, Dupont, Pennsylvania and New Castle, Delaware. Smith & Solomon has been considered a leader in commercial driver education, and is looked upon to advise the trucking industry in driver recruitment, driver retention and driver compliance issues.
Picture Taken on August 21, 2014 –
From Left- John Diab, Jr., Congressman Runyan, Shane Falls (McLane Co.),
John Diab, Sr., Michael Watson (McLane Co.)
I graduated your school during the summer of 2012 and landed a local driving job immediately and haven't looked back since. My life is back on track after being laid off in early 2012 and I'm on target to make over $75,000 this year. Again, thank you for the new skill. I just learned that truck drivers are more in the demand than ever as rules, laws, and regulations get more challenging, along with the next generation of truck drivers starting to retire creating a big hole in the industry.