One trucker received a message from the CEO of a trucking company that due to lack of freight, the driver would have to switch from his day-cab driving job to an over-the-road position, or find a new job.
The message, sent February 19th, 2020 was send out to Cox Transfer drivers by Mark Voudrie, the president of the company. The message reads “Our freight has changed, and we do not have enough day cab freight to keep all day cabs busy. This means I have to move you to an over the road truck job starting March 1st 2020. If you are unable or unwilling to move over to an over the road driver position then we do not have another position available for you and February 28th will be your last day.”
The photo of the email, which was originally posted in the online Facebook group Twisted Truckers has over 300 comments authored by the group’s members. While the caption of the post speculates whether Cox transfer might “be the next one” in reference to several large trucking companies who recently shut down operations citing poor market conditions, many members seemed to understand that it is just the course of doing business.
One member wrote “That’s trucking. They lost an account or 2 that required daycabs. No need to assume business is bad or in dire straits. At least they are offering positions within the company.”
Cox Transfer was established in 1972, and has grown into a leading Midwest regional carrier over the past 47 years, according to their website. Voudrie took over as President of the company in 2011. In emails, Voudrie confirmed to Freight Broker Live, that this message was sent to five local drivers told and said three of the five drivers have already accepted the new role. He was unsure on the other two at that time.
“Business is good,” Voudrie said. “Just a shift to more OTR freight.” Voudrie also said they are adding 60 new trailers next week and are adding OTR drivers, if anyone is looking.