Truck driver staffing firm pulls into market
A staffing firm specializing in commercial drivers has pulled into the West Michigan market.
Dearborn-based DriverSource said yesterday that it has opened an office in Grand Rapids, at 600 3 Mile Rd. NW.
DriverSource also operates offices in Richmond, Va. and Baltimore, Md. and is considering opening an office in the South, where it sees growing opportunities for its services.
Grand Rapids presence
“We felt we wanted to invest in Michigan a little bit more and take advantage of the clients we have in Michigan and put us in a position to service our clients well,” said David Olshansky, co-founder and COO, DriverSource.
The Grand Rapids office is currently staffed by two employees, Marty Sanders, general manager, and Cindy Smith, operations supervisor, and has between five to 10 drivers.
By the end of 2015, Olshansky said he expects to have 100 drivers employed with the company out of the Grand Rapids office.
“We’ve got numerous companies that are reaching out to us and setting up contracts to assist them in filling more jobs,” Olshansky said.
DriverSource is a 24/7 operation that supplies drivers to local companies through direct hire, permanent leasing, temporary and seasonal leasing arrangements.
Olshansky said the staffing firm specializes in the “full outsource process”: recruitment, qualification, employment leasing and management of the payroll and benefit process.
He said what sets the firm apart from its competitors is the quality and high standards it adheres to in hiring.
He also said driver’s benefit from being able to be home every night.
“We fill a niche in the trucking community that revolves around primarily home-every-day jobs,” he explained. “So drivers don’t’ have to worry about being away from their family. Our motto is ‘Be home. Drive local.’”
Depending on their qualifications, drivers can make anywhere from $13-$15 an hour from DriverSource when hired.
Olshansky said the company is particularly proud of being a certified Women-Owned Business.
Female CEO and co-founder Jinan Dalloo co-owns the company with Olshansky and Kelly Dalloo.
“Through her ownership, we are certified with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council,” he said.