Truck company CEO thanks drivers during pandemic

Truck drivers are being counted among the heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire shipping industry has felt the stinging economic effects of the outbreak, but the effort to haul America's freight goes on. USA Truck in Van Buren has changed its operations during the outbreak -- asking many of their staff to work from home.

The backbone of their business - a majority of their more than 2,000 drivers - remain on the roads. They're voluntarily doing us all a favor -- keeping America's supply chain intact.

a large white truck parked on the side of a road: USA Truck CEO thanks drivers who are still making deliveries. (C) USA Truck USA Truck CEO thanks drivers who are still making deliveries.

President & CEO James Reed says drivers have faced many challenges - like backed up distribution centers. "We've heard stories of 6 hours waiting to pick up a pre-loaded trailer which is totally unheard of in our industry," Reed says.

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But there are a lot of positive stories along the way as well. Many truck drivers have been personally thanked or even sent care packages.

USA Truck has worked with local businesses and the community to fashion protective masks for their employees. "My message to our drivers would be just 'Thank You'. The vast majority of our drivers have made the decision to keep freight moving in America and I'm so incredibly proud of them - I admire them," Reed said.

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