$9M expansion creates 50 new jobs

A Claremont trucking company is planning to hire 50 drivers and invest $9 million in its operation to meet growing customer demands.

The move will not only better position the company for future growth, but it will also deliver a financial boost to the region. Cargo Transporters s investing a total of $25 million during 2012.

"This year we decided to trade out our older equipment and renew the fleet," sad Cargo Transporters Chairman John Pope. "In addition to that, due to growth itself we are basically looking to place immediately about 50 drivers at an investment of around $9 million from a growth standpoint.

Pope said the company hopes to hire "as many people locally as possible."

"I think because of a tight driver market, good drivers with great driving records are in high demand. It is hard to get those many folks position locally," he said. "We are going to reach out into regional areas within North Carolina and potentially surrounding states to place those positions. Our preference is to hire North Carolinians."

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