In this episode of Taking The Hire Road, Jeremy Reymer, the CEO and visionary founder of DriverReach, engages in a compelling conversation with Gregg Troian, the forward-thinking President of PGT Trucking, headquartered in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
PGT Trucking has garnered recognition for its progressive and innovative approach to the flatbed trucking industry, characterized by its investment in cutting-edge technology solutions and its embrace of electric vehicles. This commitment to innovation extends to the company's approach to driver recruitment and training.
A recent milestone for PGT was the unveiling of its enhanced driver training facility in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, just last month. PGT has a longstanding tradition of conducting orientations and new driver training at its existing Blairsville location, and the introduction of this new facility allows the company to delve even deeper into equipping new hires with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience necessary for success in the realm of flatbed trucking.
While PGT warmly welcomes new drivers from various stages of life, a significant portion of the company's recruits fall within the age bracket of individuals in their 20s and early 30s, according to Troian. PGT's continued investment in state-of-the-art training resources underscores its dedication to nurturing the next generation of flatbed drivers.
Troian emphasized, "The future of flatbed is not solely defined by trucks and technology; it's shaped by the aspirations and potential of these young individuals."
PGT's spirit of innovation is also evident in its expansion efforts.
For over two decades, PGT has maintained a presence in Laredo, Texas, offering reliable services to its customers with connections to Mexico. Over the years, the company has cultivated strong partnerships with top-tier Mexican carriers. Currently, PGT is set to broaden its footprint in this region with the launch of a new terminal, slated to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2024.
PGT's expansion strategy extends to embracing the local talent pool. The company recognizes the importance of hiring drivers who comprehend the intricacies of working in a border city. This translates to actively seeking and accommodating employees who do not have English as their first language.
Drawing from his own personal background of growing up speaking Italian at home and English outside, Troian has developed a profound passion for purposefully recruiting a diverse and highly qualified driver workforce.
Troian articulated this commitment, saying, "It is essential for us to acknowledge the diverse ethnic groups within PGT, who, in their personal lives, converse in their native languages with family, friends, and in their places of worship. We aspire to embrace this diversity to create a more welcoming and inclusive PGT family."