Transportation is the next big thing for the Eagle Transportation Group, which owns Eagle Truck, a trucking company that operates between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Eagle Transport recently opened a new office in Seattle, where it is looking to expand into a wider range of destinations and markets, including the Seattle area.
The company has hired some 500 employees across the U.S., including more than 300 in Seattle.
“The new office is a really good example of what Eagle can do,” said Peter Ainsworth, executive vice president of Eagle Transport.
Eagle also announced a new hiring initiative for Seattle and Seattle-area companies, which includes a job placement program for the region.
“We have hundreds of new Eagle employees who have recently joined the company,” said Ainswart.
Eagle’s Seattle office, located at 15th and University, will offer employment in areas such as sales, transportation, sales, and logistics.
Eagle Transportation is one of the few trucking companies that offers full-time and part-time work for people with less than a high school education.
“It’s a really great opportunity for the younger drivers,” said Matt Gebhard, a 19-year-old Eagle Transport driver from Tacoma, Washington.
“They don’t have to go to college, and they don’t need to work for their whole life to be able to support themselves.
We have a lot of flexibility.”
Eagle’s hiring initiative is part of the company’s efforts to keep up with a growing demand for truck drivers.
The Eagle Trucking group has been hiring since 2009, when it began hiring drivers, according to Ainsight.
“There’s been a real surge of interest in the industry,” said Dave Wintemute, Eagle Transport’s president and CEO.
Eagle has had more than 20,000 truck drivers on its rolls since it was founded in 2009, according the company.
The trucking industry is one that Eagle is well-positioned to serve in, said Akinsworth.
“Our market is in the midst of a significant change and we’ve seen a huge increase in demand for transportation,” he said.
Eagle is a private company, but it’s owned by a publicly traded company called the Eagle Group, according its website. “
Eagle has been the only major trucking group that can do it.”
Eagle is a private company, but it’s owned by a publicly traded company called the Eagle Group, according its website.
“While Eagle Transport operates in the same industry as many other companies that have grown up with this niche, Eagle does not have any formal corporate headquarters,” said Mark Wortmann, Eagle’s senior vice president and general counsel.
Eagle, which has been on the rise since 2008, has seen its share price rise since 2010, when the company was worth $3.7 billion.
Eagle Truck’s Seattle operations have increased its workforce by more than 600 since 2010.
Ainsold said the company expects to hire at least 1,000 more drivers for the new Seattle office in the next year.
Eagle recently announced a hiring initiative in the Seattle-based city, including a job training program for workers with less-than-high school education, as well as a pilot program in a city in the Northwest that has more than 2,500 people who want to work as Eagle’s drivers.
Eagle is also looking to hire more drivers in Portland, Oregon, which is located just over the Oregon border from Seattle.
The hiring initiative has been met with mixed reviews.
Some critics have questioned why Eagle is expanding into Seattle and Portland, and if it will have any effect on the company that grew out of a truck company that was once the dominant provider of trucking services.
“Seattle and Portland are the perfect places for Eagle because of their economies of scale, low costs, and excellent jobs,” said Wortman.
“All the other big players have been laying off workers, leaving the Eagle position empty.”
But Eagle has been expanding, too, and recently announced that it will expand to two new cities, Chicago and New York.
Eagle was founded by Mike Pugh, who is now executive vice chairman and chief financial officer.
Eagle operates a fleet of 6,500 trucks and is the third-largest private trucking fleet in the United States, according TOI.
Eagle became a publicly listed company in 2000.