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Pride Transportation’s driver orientation: cool trucks, cool

people At 8 a.m. on Wed., May 4, Jeff England strolls through an aisle in Pride Transportation’s maintenance bay on his method to the second floor of a nearby office building. England founded Pride in 1979 and his kid, Jay, is now the ceo of the Salt Lake City-based carrier with 500 trucks. A few minutes later, a group of 10 drivers (7 guys and 3 ladies) collect in the same island with Rick Drigmore, the shop manager, standing between the upright hoods of Freightliner Cascadia Development trucks. The motorists are on the third day of Pride’s orientation training program. They showed up on Monday to take drug tests and on Tuesday spent the majority of the day in security training, both in the classroom and on the road. Drigmore tells motorists his primary issue, and that of the upkeep department, is “keeping you going.” He explains the procedure for getting equipment repaired and cleaned while on site and on the road. “When in doubt, just ask,” he says in a friendly manner. The people in the shop have a great deal of period and experience with Pride. “This is the kind of company where people spend time. As a trucking business, you are not going to find much better than this,” he includes. The motorists appear most interested when Drigmore speak about the leadership of the business. Jeff England, he says, “wants to be kept in mind as a truck motorist” and occasionally takes his trucks to dealerships and loads to shippers to guarantee Pride drivers are treated with respect. “That’s how it must be,” comments a driver. From the second floor of the building, the Englands have corner workplaces that deal with west, straight above the inbound and outbound truck lanes. They see trucks and trailers leaving the yard, and will make a fast telephone call, if required, to stop a motorist from exiting with dirty devices, Drigmore states. Pride Transportation has a truck wash at its facility that operates 24/7. Keeping its equipment clean “makes a statement about who we are” and helps raise th …
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