Market forces create critical need for drivers

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By John Nolan, Staff Writer

Updated 2:09 PM Saturday, October 9, 2010

DAYTON — Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., calls it the trucking industry’s perfect storm.

A combination of an aging work force, poor efforts to recruit new young drivers, an improving economy in which more drivers are needed, and tougher federal safety regulation that is prompting some veteran drivers to retire has created a shortage.

The Truckload Carriers Association, an industry trade organization, cancelled its recruitment and retention meetings the past two years for lack of company interest. But this year’s meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in early November has more than 300 industry people... continue to read more.