While much of the transportation industry struggles with high annual driver turnover rates, often exceeding 125% among larger national carriers, GIE maintains its own fleet's driver turnover rate well below the national averages, historically as low as 25%, with even higher retention rates on dedicated projects. These driver satisfaction levels are achieved by treating drivers fairly and by making them an integral part of the "GIE family" where the door to senior management is always open for them. High driver retention translates into more consistent customer service, helping GIE achieve on of its primary goals of "putting the customer first."
Grand Island Express operates both long haul and regional service networks. With the primary service areas being the Rocky Mountains to the Northeast. With our specialty out of that region being freight back into the Denver, CO metro area. Increasing our ability to service the Central Plains, we have drop lots located in Grand Island, Omaha, Kansas City, Denver and Fort Collins.
- Dry Van
- Step Deck Components
Grand Island Express is founded, owned and operated by the Pirnie family. They call the company their extended family. Drivers are known by name and not by a truck number. And at Express the leadership team including the president believes in having an open door policy.
At Express we understand that the drivers are our driving force. We provide them with the training, equipment, and tool that they need to be safe and productive. We hold the safety of our drivers in the highest regards. Our current safety ratings show it:
- Unsafe Driving - 20%
- Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service) - 15%
- Driver Fitness - Inconclusive
- Controlled Substances and Alcohol - No Violations
- Vehicle Maintenance - 20%
- Cargo-Related - Inconclusive
Along with our family atmosphere Express offers many other benefits to our drivers including:
- Health, Life and Dental Insurance
- Paid Vacation
- 401k/Profit Sharing
- Family rider program
- Late model, modern equipment
- Weekly pay - direct deposit
- Average 2600 - 3200 miles per week
- Tractor Purchase Program with good credit
- Pet policy
- Assigned Equipment and Fleet Manager
- Driver lounge and quite rooms at Corporate office
- Military Program
Grand Island Express wants to see their drivers succeed from their first day of orientation to their millionth safe mile and beyond. Each new driver with GIE is set up with an experienced GIE driver as a mentor. Our Driver Relations Specialist are there to facilitate 30, 60, 90 and annual reviews. They will go the extra mile for our drivers to make sure they have everything they need.
What the Drivers are Saying
"My favorite thing about GI Express is that there is no shortage of freight. GI Express may not be perfect but if you can’t truck here you can’t truck period. If something isn’t right you can always find the right person to fix it …. And they do." - Chris C. - Company Driver Since 2012
"Grand Island Express is home for me because I get good miles, have very little sitting and the people are really nice and care. Also the shop is very thorough and take care of the equipment." - Cindy T.
"The dispatch does a good job at getting me the miles I need and the shop does a great job on making sure my truck is always working well." - Mike D.
"At GIE, you are treated like family. We're a small enough company to be treated that way, but still have enough miles to make a better than average living." - Dave D. - 1.8 million accident-free miles
"I get excellent miles and good home time." - Eric B. - 3.1 million accident-free miles
"I never cease to be amazed by this company! THIS is the way a driver dreams of being treated each and every time they shop for a new job. Fair, honest, and above all, they treat me like I MATTER to them! I went home yesterday for the first time in two and a half weeks. My dispatcher called me and asked me when I wanted to roll again and then gave me a choice of a half a dozen different runs that would fit MY chosen date of departure!" - Kate F. - 97,000 accident-free miles
"I enjoy the sense of humor and honesty displayed by everyone in the office." - Chris D. - 700,000 accident-free miles
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