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​P.I. & I. Motor Express Opens New Career and Development Center

By Steve Pollock

December, 2019

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MASURY, OH…. P.I. & I. Motor Express recently opened a brand new Career and Development Center at their Masury, Ohio headquarters. The center is used for the training and orientation of new drivers joining the company as well be used for all the company’s recruiting and retention functions. The center contains a classroom, lunchroom, conference area and a bank of computers for drivers’ use. Attached is a warehouse with a flatbed trailer used for load securement and safety training.

P.I. & I. is a great place for entry level drivers and military veterans alike to start their trucking career. They are also a great place for experienced drivers to find a home. P. I. & I. has full driving scholarships available at Eastern Gateway Community College in Youngstown, Ohio. They also offer recent driving school graduates up to a $3,200 tuition reimbursement within 60 days of graduation. Drivers without flatbed experience will receive 5 weeks of paid training to learn the flatbed business.

Experienced drivers with a minimum of 6 months of verifiable coil experience have a one day orientation before going to work. All new P.I. & I. drivers receive a guaranteed minimum weekly salary for their first 12 weeks of employment.

P.I. & I. appreciates our Veterans and wants to help them get started with a career in trucking. The company is a member of ESGR – the Employer Support Guard and Reserves. P.I.& I. is also a pilot carrier for the U.S. DOT and FMCSA’s Under 21 Program. Qualified Veterans can skip driving school under the program’s guidelines.

Owner-operators make up about 45 percent of the P.I. & I fleet. The company currently leases about 150 owner-operators.Independent Contractors are paid 78% of 100% of the load, as well as 100% of the fuel surcharge. There is no escrow and P.I. &I. offers a plate program and trailer and equipment rental. Truck, trailer and health insurance programs are offered to all owner operators.

Remaining a 100% flatbed carrier, P.I. & I. was established in 1951 by Joe Kerola. Presently the fourth generation of the Kerola family is involved in the daily operations of the company. The P.I. & I. fleet is approximately 400 power units, consisting of late model Kenworths, Freightliners, and International tractors on the company side. 

If you are interested in a flatbed career at P. I .& I., call Carly or Maggie at 800-321-2733 or 330-448-4035.

Photo captions:

Left to right: Carly Kappelt, P.I. & I. Motor Express Recruiter and Maggie Cox, Training Coordinator.

New P.I. & I. drivers receive Load (trailer) Securement Training. On the ground is Joe Essig and on the trailer is Navy Veteran Joshua Standifer.

The new Career and Development Center at P.I. & I. Motor Express in Masury, Ohio.