NEW ULM - J&R Schugel Trucking, a family-owned nationally recognized carrier, recently accepted the opportunity to take over Kraft Food's private fleet in New Ulm after the company announced plans to eliminate its private fleets around the country.
The fleet in New Ulm, which has about 25 drivers, will become part of J&R Schugel beginning Aug. 17.
"Some of these drivers used to drive for us before they went over to Kraft and they were the first ones to call us when Kraft announced their plans to cut jobs," said Leah Shaver, director of Human Resources for J&R Schugel. "Many of them are million-mile or higher safe drivers. This is a safe, loyal and dedicated fleet and we couldn't be more excited to have them back on our team."
According to Shaver, the New Ulm private fleet drivers will be able to have everything at J&R Schugel that they had at Kraft and more. The consistent Midwest regional routes will stay the same, with weekly home time, to ensure that the drivers will get the miles they want to make the money they need while balancing time on the road with home time and family.
"With J&R Schugel, these drivers will also be driving newer equipment, using additional technologies and enjoy the focus that J&R Schugel has on our drivers," said Shaver.
Kraft Foods announced in April that it planned to cut 285 trucking job in order to outsource services to other carriers. Spokesperson Joyce Hodel said that Kraft would use strategic partners the company already does business with to cover the routes affected by the job eliminations going forward.
"Our relationship with Kraft Foods began back in the 1980s when we branched out into the refrigerated business," said Shaver. "Kraft has always relied on us as a service provider and partner, so absorbing their New Ulm private fleet into our J&R Schugel family just made a lot of sense. This is a great way to help celebrate our 40th year in business - by keeping these jobs right here in New Ulm, celebrating these drivers, recognizing their milestones and welcoming them to J&R Schugel with open arms."
J&R Schugel is based in New Ulm, Minn., and with terminals in Columbus, Ohio, and Tomah, Wis. It is a truckload carrier of general commodities.
The company services 48 continental U.S. states, with regional and over-the-road operations in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and West Coast. It owns 600 power units and over 1,000 trailers.