Potential truck drivers may benefit from planned expansion of the Lindon branch of a Phoenix-based trucking company.
Swift Transportation Co. Inc. will spend $8 million to expand its offices and terminals, $500,000 of which is going to its office in Lindon.Kevin Knight, executive vice president of Swift, said the company purchased a warehouse and converted it into an office and truck terminal. Swift also added 100 tractors and 200 trailers for the facility.
Utah Valley Community College operates an eight-week training program for drivers who eventually become full-time Swift employees. Through that class, Swift will create 75 to 100 new jobs in Utah this year.
"We're pleased with the performance we're getting out of the Utah work force, and we plan to continue that relationship," he said. "We can't find enough responsible, qualified drivers."
Knight said the UVCC class is among the finest truck driving programs in the country.
The driver-training program lasts two years, and further job opportunities occur in dispatching and other professions within Swift offices. "We try to develop our work force from within. We're more oriented to developing our own people," he said.
Knight said graduating drivers earn approximately $30,000 annually.
Swift serves the continental United States. The Lindon office handles orders coming from companies such as Kimberly Clark, Mervyn's and American Nutrition.
The 40 percent expansion of the entire company will include a purchase of $32 million in equipment and office and terminal expansion in Phoenix; Stockton, Calif.; Renton, Wash.; and will add a $2.5 million facility in the Los Angeles area.
Swift President Jerry Moyes said the company has sustained a 300 percent growth rate over the past four years. Revenue went from $32 million in 1985 to $85 million in 1988 and is projected to reach $120 million this year, he said.
Other clients include Kraft, Campbell Soups, General Foods, Georgia Pacific and Scott Paper products.