Morley Annear Ltd., Montague
Morley Annear Ltd. is an Island-owned and operated trucking company that has served the industry since 1964. Morley Annear began his career operating a small-scale mixed farm with a dump truck and a tractor. He began hauling gravel and offering snow removal services while farming. Eventually, the trucking business grew larger than the farming operation. The company grew from a one-person operation with one dump truck to what it is today.
“Presently we have 39 tractor trailer trucks,” says Scott. “We provide local and long-distance trucking with registrations covering all the Atlantic Provinces, Ontario, Quebec and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.”
Future hiring needs
Morley Annear Ltd. has a need for short-haul and long-haul truck drivers throughout the year. The company recently hired several new drivers.
The company usually has stronger hiring needs for long and short-haul drivers during their peak season in the spring and fall. The number of new hires depends on the needs of industries that employ the services of the trucking company.
- Good verbal communication skills
- Good customer service skills
- Good literacy skills
There are about 45 full and part-time truck drivers and eight office staff. “Our team of drivers ranges in age from 20 to 71 years old.”
There is one seasonal full-time female truck driver.
“We welcome female drivers,” says Scott. “Trucking is a good job but it comes with a lot of challenges for women. There is a lot of resistance to female drivers in this industry. As well, women can be challenged with the heavy lifting.”
Staff turn-over rate
There is very little turn-over at the company. “We have about two new hires a year.”
- Truck Drivers
- Shop Maintenance
- Office Administration
- Operation Managers
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Accounts Receivable Clerk
- Heavy Duty Truck Mechanics
- Loader Operators
Wages and benefits
“Truck driving is a well-paying job,” says Scott. “Our drivers earn between $35,000 and $60,000 a year. By Island standards, this is a good wage.”
Need for bilingual staff
“It’s not a requirement but it’s an asset. Quebec is mostly French-speaking so it’s an advantage for truck drivers to speak the language.”
“Drivers need a Class 1A driver’s license, and grade 12 is a plus and must be 21 years old. Drivers need to fill out log books and do other paper work. They don’t have to be well-versed in reading and writing but they do need a certain skill level in math, reading, and writing.”
“We are a year-round business,” says Scott. “With the seasonality of some of our work, there are some lay-offs for drivers in January, February, June and July. We have the same busy times that the farming industry does.”
It’s a physically demanding job, but drivers also sit for long periods of time while driving. As well, driving through higher traffic areas is mentally challenging, and can result in driver fatigue.
Scott is involved with Rotary Club, is a board member of the Curling Club, Chair of Community Council in Lower Montague, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. The company supports local sports teams.
“I advertised last summer for a truck driver through the Job Bank, and I received a few resumés,” says Scott. “I prefer to hire drivers through word-of-mouth. Most of the drivers I’ve hired are people I’ve known in the past or were recommended by another driver.”
Most difficult job to fill
“The most challenging job to fill is long-haul drivers,” says Scott. “There is a huge demand for truck drivers with some companies on the Island and elsewhere.”
Best way to get your foot in the door
“Many employers won’t take a chance on hiring new drivers,” says Scott. “The driving schools do a good job of preparing people for the industry, but the new graduates are not 100 percent ready. Experienced drivers usually find it very easy to get their foot in the door. But getting that initial experience is the hard part for new drivers.”
“I like meeting people in person for an interview after they drop off a resumé.”
Terms of initial employment
“I give new hires a six-month trial.”
In-house training provided
“We have two driver coaches on staff,” says Scott. “The new drivers are paired with the coach for a period of time, depending on the driver’s experience.”
“We are willing to speak to people who want to know more about the company and the industry, and we often receive telephone inquiries about the company.”
When working for the company, what are the keys to successful employment?
- Be well organized
- Be willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
- Be able to maintain the necessary paper work involved with trucking
- Be able to communicate well with the dispatcher
“There are advancement opportunities with the office positions.”
Future business plans
“If the market allows it, we will continue to expand the company,” says Scott. “We’ve tripled in size within the last 10 years.”
For more information about Morley Annear Ltd., contact Scott Annear at 902-838-2116.