BROOKFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Scott Simpson has logged thousands upon thousands of miles sitting behind the wheel of a truck, which could be hauling up to 80,000 pounds of cargo.
“I enjoy it. I get to see the scenery. I’m not sitting behind a desk,” Simpson said.
And he’s glad not to be in the kitchen. Simpson went to culinary school and became a chef. The job became too stressful.
“You had tickets piling up, managers to please, and customers to please. When you are driving behind the wheel as long as you make your time that’s it,” Simpson said.
Simpson drove a truck in the military and returned to those roots. He says he’s making more money now than when he was cutting cabbage.
The trucking industry is booming with the average driver in their mid-50s. The younger ones coming in immediately like what they see.
“They are doing something different. They are making decent pay, and they just don’t have that micromanaging,” said Thomas Banks, a recruiter for Nick Strimbu, Inc.
Drivers have to do a lot on their own. They keep electronic logs, manage their time and are good trip planners.
Nick Strimbu, Inc. is growing. Half of its fleet will be automatic transmission trucks soon, ready for the road.
“We have a freight problem and we’ve got a lot of freight to move, so we are expanding our fleet, expanding our drivers flee – both on flatbed and the refrigerated side,” Banks said.
The company expects to hire another 20 drivers by the end of the year.
The Ohio Means Jobs website can help you search for truck driving jobs and learn more about the profession.