Morley and Jean Annear launched Morley Annear Limited and a mixed farming operation in 1964 shortly after exchanging their wedding vows. The cargo and freight company started with one truck, which was a regional carrier.
In 1991, Morley Annear moved the operation from his home in Montague and opened his first terminal in Brudenell.
Today, the company is one of the largest fleets on PEI with 43 trucks, and employs more than 50 people. Their trucks roll down highways across Canada and the United States hauling aggregate materials and products from lobsters to potatoes.
Scott Annear joined the family business and became the general manager in 2002. His son Thomas Annear is the Assistant Operational Manager.
At the age of 14, Thomas began working for his grandfather Morley on weekends. He received the Harry MacLauchlan Scholarship and studied Business at UPEI and then later transitioned to the Business Administration program at Holland College.
After graduation, Thomas toured Europe for three months before settling down to work full-time for his grandfather. He is now 28 years old and has already spent half his life in the family business. He’s proud of the family heritage.
Scott and Thomas are now transitioning to ownership of the company. “My grandfather built the company on the philosophy of treating people the way he wanted to be treated,” says Thomas. “He cared about his employees and treated the staff like family, and invested in their future with the company. He also responded to the needs of his clients with exceptional service.
“When people voice respect for my grandfather, it resonates with me. The stories people tell me about him is a reminder never to forget the commitment and the long working hours of building a family-owned business on a solid reputation of honesty and caring for the employees and the clients.”
Rebuilding the business
A major fire destroyed the assets of Morley Annear Limited in 2010. The entire team and community joined forces to rebuild, and the new facility opened in 2011.
“My grandfather and my dad were more concerned about the workers losing employment than the fire destroying the assets,” says Thomas. “Their first action was to relocate the business temporarily so employees could return to work.”
In 2011, Scott Annear received the PEI Council of People with Disabilities Award of Appreciation. In 2016, he received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for his efforts in the community and his outstanding role in the PEI trucking community. In 2018, he received the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce Pillar of the Community Award.
“Being community minded is part of the success of the company,” says Thomas. “My family lives and works in the community. We are blessed to have the support of the community and the town.”
“We operate year-round and have strong hiring needs in the spring and fall,” says Thomas. “The truck driver positions are the most challenging to fill. We have a Human Resources Recruiter and Safety Coordinator. We are willing to train people with a Class One or Class Three license who have a good driving record.”
- Long Haul Truck Drivers
- Short Haul Truck Drivers
- Office Staff
- Human Resources
- Loader / Operators
- Snow Removal Staff
How to apply
Thomas suggests people drop by the office in Brudenell with a resumé. “We have an open door policy, and we are willing to provide tours to anyone interested in working with the company.
“Truck drivers are in demand,” says Thomas. “We are willing to hire drivers regardless of their educational level if they have a good driving record and have the necessary requirements to drive long or short haul.
“We are willing to take a chance on newer drivers who are willing to take the necessary safety training and job shadow with an experienced driver before going solo. Driver training and drivers are monitored. Safety is the core of the company.”
Wages and benefits
“Truck driving is a well-paying job. You can earn up to $55,000 a year with benefits.”
When working for the company, what are the keys to successful employment?
“Old fashioned honesty and being a person of your word are vital when working for the company,” says Thomas. “Drivers need to have a good attitude and a commitment to the job, which is important to the life of the business.”
“We continue to grow the company, improve our technology, and hire as needed,” says Thomas.
For more information, contact Thomas or Scott Annear at 902-838-2116 or 902-838-3357.
For more information about a career in trucking, visit www.employmentjourney.com/industries/trucking/.