National Hispanic Heritage Month
PGT Trucking Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
Every year, from September 15 to October 15, the U.S. observes National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. As we wrap up the month, take some time to focus on the Hispanic community and the growing diversity within the trucking industry. We are a nation that was established on multiculturalism and diversity, and these remain core parts of the American ideal.
The trucking industry has seen a massive spike in demand for their services and it is more vital to the U.S. economy than ever before. Since the onset of the pandemic, consumers have made a massive shift away from brick and mortar stores to ecommerce. Total online spending hit $82.5 billion in May 2020, which was a staggering 70% rise over data collected from 2019. It is estimated that ecommerce saw an accelerated growth equivalent to 4 to 6 years under the previous circumstances. At the same time this demand is increasing, as is the demand for professional truck drivers. Trucking is facing shortages of an estimated 60,000 drivers, which many experts fear will quadruple by 2025.
Truck Driving jobs are entering a time of unprecedented opportunity as the demand is increasing and will continue through peak season.
The trucking industry serves some of the leading sectors for Hispanic employment. By 2030, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects Hispanics to account for 1 out of every 5 workers in the labor force, and within the transportation industry where currently Hispanics represent about 14.6% of the U.S. truck drivers.
Diversity and inclusion are essential to PGT’s continued growth in recruiting and retaining the industry’s best drivers. At PGT Trucking, 15% of our employees and 11% of our drivers are Hispanic and this number is on the rise! Our Hispanic Initiative is important to growing cultural awareness across the company. Each Wednesday, Luis Guzman Sr., PGT Recruiter, hosts a Spanish class for PGT employees, both virtually and in-person, to learn how to communicate and comprehend the Spanish language. We proudly offer these fun and educational opportunities to all of our employees!
Additionally, to help celebrate the month, PGT’s Laredo, TX, terminal hosted “Taco Tuesday,” welcoming our drivers and staff to the office for a National Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon. Sergio Villarreal, Manager USA/Mexico Operations, and his team organized this great event for PGT employees.
PGT Celebrates Diversity!
PGT is proud that we employ drivers and staff with diverse backgrounds, which includes members of the Hispanic community.
PGT Trucking is looking for flatbed company drivers with their CDL-A license. Join our state-of-the-art flatbed transportation company. We value our dedicated drivers and reward them with the best equipment, great benefits, and better pay than the industry standards.
Start your trucking career with a company that actively invests in the livelihood of its drivers. Our goal is to keep our team members happy, healthy, and motivated with a fulfilling career on the road.
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