Continental Express makes significant workforce investments

For the Sidney Daily News

Continental Express purchased 50 new 2018 Freightliner Cascadia semi-tractors in 2017.

Continental Express purchased 50 new 2018 Freightliner Cascadia semi-tractors in 2017.

SIDNEY — Continental Express, Inc., based out of Sidney, Ohio, is a privately held logistics company specializing in the truckload transport of temperature-sensitive food product. The year 2017 marked Continental Express’s 33rd year in business under the leadership of Russell Gottemoeller.

Continental Express’s corporate headquarters are located west of Sidney on state Route 47.

“The Sidney headquarters are home to the majority of the company’s management and administrative personnel and the fleet’s largest pool of truck drivers. Continental Express has approximately 570 employees and terminals located in Gaffney, South Carolina; Fort Worth, Texas; Danville, Virginia; Louisville, Kentucky; and a dedicated operation in Portland, Oregon,” said Gottemoeller.

His report continues:

Continental made significant investments in the development of its workforce in 2017. The organization developed and introduced a new certified driver training program. The certified driver training program trains experienced drivers with a strong and safe work record to become a certified driver trainer. These certified driver trainers are then capable of training Continental’s next generation of drivers while earning up to 30 percent more money. This program has allowed Continental to hire drivers with little or no experience and then teach them to become the safe, professional drivers Continental strives to employ.

Continental also joined forces with Driver’s Edge CDL Training Academy in Piqua in 2017. Driver’s Edge Training Academy is a truck driving school that prepares individuals to obtain their CDL. Continental has created a tuition assistance program that will provide financial aid to someone who wishes to obtain their CDL in return for an employment commitment.

The company also made a significant investment in a new logistics software system in 2017 that allows the company to better utilize driver’s available work time, plan for future loads and create an overall more efficient organization.

Continental Express also purchased 50 new 2018 Freightliner Cascadia semi-tractors in 2017. These trucks are equipped with collision avoidance and active braking technology. The trucks are also known for their aerodynamic features. Continental will replace some older model trucks with these new vehicles and the company will add to its existing fleet numbers.

Beyond purchasing new Freightliner Cascadia trucks, Continental also took a significant step into the future by placing a reservation with Tesla to purchase Tesla’s first fully electric Class 8 semi-tractor. The new Class 8 tractor is not only cleaner, but is also more efficient and is expected to change the transportation industry much like home computers and cell phones have changed our daily lives over the past 20 years. The Tesla tractor is expected to arrive in 2019.

We are excited to be at the forefront of the technology that is changing this industry and will change our lives. We are also well positioned for a year of growth in 2018 and I am excited for the new opportunities and challenges the year will bring.

If interested in employment opportunities, rates or other general information, please visit Continental Express’s corporate headquarters located at: 10450 State Route 47 W., Sidney, Ohio, or Continental Express’s website at:

Continental Express purchased 50 new 2018 Freightliner Cascadia semi-tractors in 2017. Express purchased 50 new 2018 Freightliner Cascadia semi-tractors in 2017.

For the Sidney Daily News