Pillars Of Economy

Three Regional Companies Operate Worldwide

Posted: December 24, 2012 at 5 a.m.

A truck drives onto scales Tuesday at the Tyson Foods Berry Street plant in Springdale. While factors such as feed costs will continue to present challenges, Tyson appears to have weathered the recession, said Worth Sparkman, company spokesman.

Editor’s Note: Northwest Arkansas’ economy didn’t fall as far as many other regions’ economies during the recession and is recovering faster. In a six-part series that began Sunday, NWA Media explores what’s driving the rebound and how it’s changed our future.


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Truck drivers haven't benefited regarding increased wages from these regional transportation companies.

Fact is, as noted by the statistics indicated; these multi-national corporations have made increased profits year after year-yet professional truck drivers haven’t had increased compensation. Wages have actually declined.

Many professional drivers make the same hourly wage as fork lift drivers do. The median wage in this market is between $11-$13 dollars per hour. Those drivers receiving mileage pay are in some cases making less than they did ten to fifteen years ago.

Save Wal-Mart, most all of northwest Arkansas’ trucking and transportation businesses spend thousands annually recruiting drivers, but can’t seem to parlay their profits or advertising revenue into the driver’s pockets in the form of raises, incentives or cost of living adjustments.

Even more overwhelming is that many of the operation personnel such as logistics managers, dispatchers and fleet managers actually make more money than the truckers do. How does that sound?

Now you know why there’s a shortage of experienced drivers and the help wanted section is inundated with ads recruiting drivers. Many drivers have left the industry either returning to school or chose to accept working in other semi-skilled trades.

The trucks you see every day are essentially operated by inexperienced drivers behind the wheel. How does that make you feel as a motorist? As a shareholder, how does that make you feel?

When profiting from stock investments, do you care that the profit gain was off the backs of your fellow countrymen and neighboring professional drivers? Can you say outsourcing to foreign drivers? It’s coming.

Posted by: ObjectiveFodder

December 24, 2012 at 2:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )