Thursday, November 07, 2019

Time for Alabama’s trucking industry to shift into high gear

ATA trucking executive Mark Colson

It’s time for the trucking industry to shift into high gear. We have an incredible story to tell, and we want more Alabamians to be a part of it.

Alabama trucking businesses provide 107,160 jobs – 1 out of 15 in the state. We move Alabama’s economy, and a career in trucking can open many doors for working Alabamians of all ages, genders and races.

From professional truck drivers, diesel technicians, logistics professionals, fleet managers, safety/HR professionals and sales directors, the jobs our industry offers are diverse and plentiful. They are good-paying jobs, and they are available right now.

Today in Birmingham, a safety director is needed who can start out at $65,000. Down on the coast, an operations director position awaits a qualified applicant. A diesel technician in Cullman starts at $18 per hour and professional driver jobs are literally available in every corner of the state. The list goes on and on.

These jobs require highly motivated and skilled professionals. If you don’t have the required skills, you can acquire them quickly without going into massive debt, and the opportunities to advance are endless.

From large corporations to smaller family-owned businesses, the companies offering these jobs have one thing in common: They provide a meaningful and proud quality of life for Alabama workers and their families.

Having grown up changing truck tires for my family’s tire business, I know first-hand the struggles and rewards of the hard-working people in trucking and related industries. This work allows us to feed and clothe our families, put our kids through school, tithe in our churches and serve in our communities.

This is Alabama trucking, and it’s time to tell our story.

Mark Colson is president and CEO of the Alabama Trucking Association.