Express-1: Temperature-Control Service Heating Up
Thatâ€™s the philosophy of Express-1, an expedited carrier based in Buchanan, MI â€” and the philosophy is working.
Express-1 provides ground expedited services to the continental United States as well as Canada and Mexico.
Most recently, the companyâ€™s business model has grown to include temperature-control services.
â€œItâ€™s a new service,â€ said Darin Mark, Express-1â€™s vice president for capacity management. â€œWeâ€™ve been operating now for about five or six months and we are strongly positioned with our customers.
â€œItâ€™s an opportunity for Express-1 to grow and to provide our owner operators with additional business opportunities
Kyle Tracey, an Express-1 recruiter, said the company continues to refine its temperature-control service to become even more efficient.
Like many expedited carriers, Express-1 is experiencing a sort of double-edged sword with the current business conditions. Freight is plentiful, but the companyâ€™s growth means it needs more dependable owner-operator partners â€” especially in the temperature-control sector. Our temperature control business is growing at a rapid pace, particularly in the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets
â€œWeâ€™re missing load opportunities daily,â€ Mark said.
To counter that dilemma, Express-1 is actively recruiting owner-operators in all segments, with an emphasis on temperature-control. The most pressing needs are for temperature-control straight truck teams and temperature-control team tractors.
Mark described the companyâ€™s ideal owner-operator partner as â€œa very safe-minded business owner that operates his truck as a business.â€
Mark said Express-1 understands how essential its owner-operator relationships are to the companyâ€™s overall success. These men and women are true professionals. Express-1â€™s goal is to provide the kind of support that makes the job easier for those owner-operators.
Express-1 has a centralized dispatch system based at the companyâ€™s headquarters in Buchanan, and the temperature-control drivers work with the companyâ€™s Select Service group.
â€œThey will be very visible to our operations staff,â€ Mark said.
The glut of freight also provides a tremendous opportunity for those owner-operators who want to work as hard as they want to work. Tracey said owner-operators driving straight trucks in partnership with Express-1 average around 3,500 miles a week.
â€œItâ€™s really up to the owner-operator, how hard that individual wants to work,â€ Tracey said.
One thing drivers can expect from Express-1 is to be treated with respect. The company recognizes that its success depends on the driversâ€™ success.
â€œOur focus is on the owner-operator and ensuring that while they are here, this is home and they donâ€™t want to go anywhere else, they are our extended familyâ€ Mark said. â€œRetention is a key component for us.â€
Express-1 pays owner-operators for each loaded mile and for all accessorial charges. Owner-operators arenâ€™t required to keep logs unless their gross vehicle weight is 10,001 pounds or more. Owner-operators are paid weekly via direct deposit, and their performance is evaluated by confirming on-time deliveries, safe driving/DOT compliance, out-of-service days, turned-down runs and DOT logs.
Owner-operators in all segments, including dry freight, who are interested in working with Express-1 can fill out an online application at http://www.express-1.com/Contractors/EmploymentApp01.php or call the companyâ€™s toll-free recruiting number, 866-857-4546.
While Express-1 is a growing company poised for even more success, Mark promised it will never lose sight of its true driving force.
â€œWeâ€™re still a small company that can appreciate the men and women who do a great job for us every day,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™ve never lost focus of that.
â€œWe may not be the biggest, but itâ€™s good to be the best.â€
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