The recent news of Celadon shutting down has filled our news feeds with gut-wrenching stories of truckers left shocked, stranded and confused. It’s an appalling situation stemming from some of the worst aspects of human nature. In the aftermath, it is tempting to become cynical and to begin to expect the worst from those around us.
However, such times bring to mind a quote from Fred Rogers:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Right now, in our industry, you don’t need to look very hard to find the helpers. They are everywhere. Numerous organizations have leaped into action to provide everything from legal advice and moral support to job offers and transportation assistance for stranded truckers.
It has been nothing short of inspiring to watch the industry-wide response to this crisis. We’d like to help by drawing attention to some of the incredible resources being provided by so many. You can help as well by sharing this with your networks and adding any additional resources in the comments section below.
There is a large and growing Facebook Group dedicated to offering job listings, advice, and support for affected Celadon employees.
FreightWaves has created a free job board to help affected employees find new opportunities.
Carter Logistics is offering signing bonuses and minimum pay guarantees for former Celadon employees who are hired before the holidays.
U.S. Xpress is offering significant sign-on and benefit perks for new drivers and transportation assistance to the nearest U.S. Xpress location.
Hoosier Air Transport is hiring and offering assistance. Their recruitment line is 1-800-886-2683 ext. 100
TransForce is also hiring and offering assistance. Their recruitment line is 417- 352-0306.
Carter Logistics has instructed its drivers to provide rides to any stranded Celadon drivers they come across. Stranded drivers can also call Carter’s recruitment office (1-877-628-6806) who may be able to arrange for a bus ticket home.
Likewise, Hirschbach Motor Lines is offering bus tickets home to stranded drivers who call their recruiting number: 402-404-2018.
TruckPark has offered free safe parking to Celadon drivers at their locations across the US.
Dart Transit Co. is also offering to help get drivers home or to one of its operating centers. They have a hotline set up for Celadon drivers: 612-867-0313.