(WKBN) – A few Falcon Transport drivers made it to the depot before getting the message on their inboard computers Saturday night that the company was ceasing operations. Now we’re learning other trucking companies are willing to help them find new jobs.
Several former Falcon drivers were unloading their cabs on Monday.
Ed McCormick had just gotten back Friday night. On Saturday night, he got the message that the company was shutting down.
“It was like a bolt of lightning on a clear day and I wasn’t expecting that,” he said.
McCormick had a loaded trailer that was due in Columbus at 7 a.m. Instead, he went to check his bank account on Monday.
The 70-year-old may opt for retirement.
“In that sense, it’s good timing but my heart goes out to the people like my fellow drivers here,” McCormick said.
Brian Chapman is one of them. He just bought a house and because of Falcon’s demise, could miss his first mortgage payment.
The company had new logos on the trucks and Chapman thought Falcon had a chance of surviving after losing General Motors.
“It was a surprise. The only signs we had were a couple weeks of messed up payroll,” he said. “We were still running like normal, still hitting 2,800 to 3,000 miles a week.”
At Falcon headquarters, security allowed some former employees inside to get their things. Most had already done that before their key cards stopped working.
Other trucking companies recruited Falcon drivers on Monday, hoping to fill gaps in the industry and keep freight moving.
“You have a job one day, you turn around and you don’t have a job. Good thing is we’re always looking for drivers, not just JRayl,” said Tara Trautman, a recruiting manager with JRayl Transport.
Nick Strimbu, Inc. is one of those companies interested in talking with former Falcon drivers. Strimbu hired one on Monday morning who drove a Falcon truck to the job interview.
“We’re going to pay them $750 to help bridge that pay gap that they’re going to inherently have now,” Spencer Strimbu said.
Nick Strimbu, Inc. also has another $750 bonus down the road.
Many of these former Falcon drivers were on the road 100,000 miles a year. They have experience and that’s the perfect mix behind the wheel. Nick Strimbu, Inc. recognizes its importance.
“We could take 50, we could grow quick. There’s plenty of freight out there, it’s just a matter of finding the right company for you,” Strimbu said.
B&T Express, Inc. in North Lima said it wants to hire Falcon drivers who’ve lost their jobs. Call 800-888-2689 ext. 106 to reach them.
B&T Express says it will offer rides and hotels to stranded Falcon drivers as well as pay-day advancements.
Yourga Trucking in Wheatland, Pennsylvania wants to hire some of the displaced drivers. The family-owned company is asking anyone to apply online, in person, by phone at (724) 981-3600 or by email at email@example.com. Open interviews are scheduled May 2, May 3, and May 6 at the Wheatland Terminal, Shenango Street, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Classic Carriers based in Versailles, Ohio is looking to hire former Falcon drivers. It will offer a sign-on bonus of $3,000 to help you get back on your feet. You can learn more and apply on its website.
Blackhawk Transport would like to hire as many flatbed drivers as possible for its container delivery business. It’s offering sign-on bonuses of $5,000, as well as transition pay of $1,000. Blackhawk has jobs in Mogadore and Dayton in Ohio, as well as other locations across the country. You can call them at 866-473-9716 or apply online.
Also, Barber Trucking in Brookville, Pa. is hiring truckers. You can email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online at https://www.mycdlapp.com/barber.
Giant Eagle is also hiring CDL Class A Drivers in Bedford Heights, Ohio and Crafton, Pennsylvania. According to the company, all drivers are local delivery/home daily. Drivers can apply online at jobs.gianteagle.com or by calling the recruiter at 216-591-2734.
Safeway Logistics based in Indianapolis is looking to hire. It’s willing to pay for your travel to Indianapolis, as well as your hotel stay through your transition and onboarding process to Safeway. Call Edward or Patti at 317-222-7430 for more information or apply online.
Frey Miller based in Oklahoma City is willing to look through applications to hire former Falcon employees. Give Liz a call at 405-717-7267.
ShipEX Transport, based in Salt Lake City, is also offering to help former drivers. If you lost your job at Falcon, ShipEX says it will get you a ride home, hot meal or new job — just call 385-274-0638.
Driver Enlist offers a free service to help truck drivers find direct placement with companies across the U.S. For more information, visit its website.