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Family-run trucking company goes from humble beginnings to front lines of fight against Coronavirus


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While these may be tough times for trucking, one family-owned carrier has found a way to not only survive but to thrive while helping to deliver the supplies Americans need during the Coronavirus emergency.

Numerous events have turned trucking on its head in the past couple of years — The ELD Mandate. The sudden shutdowns of Celadon and many other established carriers. And now, the Coronavirus pandemic is upending trucking and placing unprecedented demands on the U.S. supply chain.

In spite of these challenges, Colcord, Oklahoma-based refrigerated carrier Hurricane Express is working hard to take care of both their drivers and their country using the skills and grit that they have gathered as they have grown from a tiny single truck operation to a growing fleet of more than 200 trucks.

Food insecurity and concern over empty store shelves have been top of mind for many Americans in the weeks since the Coronavirus outbreak was declared a national emergency. Hurricane Express has answered the call and says that they are currently moving a whopping 25 million pounds of food each month as they work to keep grocery stores and restaurants stocked during uncertain times.

The company was founded in Pettigrew, Arkansas, 28 years ago with a single truck. They have grown to a fleet of 215 — and they’ll be 300 trucks strong by 2021 with plans to add 80 trucks in the coming months.

One major part of Hurricane Express’ success during tough times is that, as the company has grown, they have cultivated office staff made up in large part of retired truckers who understand how freight works and how to keep both drivers and customers happy even in the face of challenges.

Sean Allen, director of recruiting at Hurricane Express, said that company leaders have made it their mission to “add jobs and do whatever it takes to keep their drivers healthy and working during these tough times.” Allen says that the company is committed to a driver-first approach that has allowed them to attract and retain a safe and experienced group of drivers to their family-friendly workplace, even in the challenging circumstances brought about by the pandemic. By providing great pay, benefits, and equipment, Hurricane Express shows their drivers that they are respected and part of a family. Additionally, the company is providing all drivers with face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and gloves (all at no charge) to keep them and those around them healthy.

Hurricane Express specializes in hauling temperature-controlled shipments including meat, seafood, and produce. The company offers a variety of driving career options, including OTR, local and regional, and lease-purchase from anywhere in the U.S. If you’re ready to join the Hurricane Express family, you can click here to get started.

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