Trucking firm Con-way Freight expects to add 55 jobs in Fond du Lac as it expands to a new, $8 million terminal, the company said Tuesday.
Con-way plans to build a 47,000-square-foot terminal and warehouse on 21 acres in the Fox Ridge Business Park, with construction beginning in June and completed by next March. The expanded operation is expected to employ 100 people. Con-way employs 45 at its current, much-smaller facility in Fond du Lac.
The new, 96-dock warehouse will allow Con-way to handle more than 1.6 million pounds of freight a day – nearly three times as much as the firm currently handles in Fond du Lac.
Con-way also plans to more than double the size of its Fond du Lac-based fleet, expanding to 50 tractors and 160 trailers.
The improving economy means manufacturers are busy and need to get their products out to customers. That means shipping goods out by truck, which translates to steady demand for both regional delivery as well as cross-country drivers. The state projects between 2,000 and 3,000 positions will be available annually in Wisconsin through 2020.
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The improving economy means manufacturers are busy and need to get their products out to customers.
That means shipping goods out by truck, which translates to steady demand for both regional delivery as well as cross-country drivers. The state projects between 2,000 and 3,000 positions will be available annually in Wisconsin through 2020.
“The outlook suggests that (trucking companies) are looking aggressively to fill the needs they have,” said Jeff Sachse, a labor market analyst for the state Department of Workforce Development.
He said for the next several years, truck driving will be among the fastest growing job sectors in the state.
Numbers from Fox Valley Technical College’s truck driving program in Grand Chute suggests graduates have little trouble finding work. In 2012, about 94 percent of FVTC’s 173 trucking program graduates found a job within six months of graduation.
Rob Behnke, chair of FVTC’s truck driving program, said the college annually graduates between 200 and 215 drivers, who will have a commercial driver’s license after completing the program, which can take up to 18 weeks. FVTC, Waukesha County Technical College and Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire are the only three schools in the Wisconsin Technical College System that offer a truck driving program.
For-hire trucking added 11,700 jobs in April, more than offsetting the 6,300 lost in March.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April — and far more in February and March than anyone thought.
The job growth in April drove down the unemployment rate to a four-year low of 7.5 percent and sent a reassuring sign that the U.S. job market is improving.
In its report Friday, the Labor Department revised up its estimate of job gains in February and March by a combined 114,000. It now says employers added 332,000 jobs in February and 138,000 in March. The economy has created an average of 208,000 jobs a month from November through April — above the 138,000 added in the previous six months.
For hire trucking added 11,700 jobs in April after losing 6,300 in March.
In the past three years, the industry has added 147,600 jobs, Labor Department statistics show.
“We don’t know what types of jobs (the April gain) they are, but since the majority of trucking employment is drivers, it would suggest that category,” Bob Costello, chief economist at the American Trucking Associations, said. “The gain since April 2010 is significant. Looking backward, in 2012, trucking employment grew at twice the rate as total U.S. employment.”
Originally posted 2013-05-20 19:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter