Truck-Lite said Thursday, May 27, that it has hired more than 100 new direct full-time employees and more than 100 temporary employees at its Pennsylvania and New York operating facilities since the beginning of the year. The company says it is continuing to recruit for a variety of manufacturing and office professional positions and expects to fill another 70 to 100 positions within the next few months.
“Achieving this type of milestone is attributed to not only being on the forefront with advanced technology, allowing us to launch new innovative products, but by also possessing dedicated employees who were determined to see us through a few tough years,” says John Cecco, Truck-Lite’s vice president of operations.
As the economic turnaround begins to breathe life into the heavy-duty industry, Truck-Lite says it is seeing stronger customer demand and increased build rates, with much of the increased activity stemming from a growth in consumer expenditure. Reports show the Gross Domestic Product is up 3.5 percent, coupled with the government’s job report indicating half a million new jobs year to date. With increased spending comes the need for transporting product. Freight has shown a 4.9 percent growth in 2010 as compared to a 7.8 percent decrease in 2009. Truck, trailer and body builds are expected to show more than a 20 percent increase in 2010.
“We are seeing the effects of a recovering supply-and-demand process within the industry, and our quality standards have also allowed us to maintain a long-term partnership with the military,” Cecco says. Truck-Lite recently was awarded a $40 million military contract to supply 11,000 LED Route Clearance Vehicle (RCV) kits, he says.
Truck-Lite views 2010 as a transitional year within the heavy-duty industry with a slow recovery. GDP and industry build rates are projected to show significant growth in 2011. Pushing forward, the company looks for continual technological breakthroughs to arm their sales team with quality products and knowledge in support of customer demand.
“Truck-Lite has a reputation for offering some of the highest-quality lighting products in the world,” says Greg Certo, director of human resources. “But without our people, global facilities and dedication to the customers, we would be just another lighting company.”
The company’s current recruitment needs range from entry-level assemblers and experienced supervisors for placement at manufacturing plant locations, to highly experienced optics, electronics and product design engineers who will be based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Falconer, N.Y. “Truck-Lite has been fortunate so far filling open positions with high-quality, efficient and effective candidates who understand the unique challenges facing U.S. manufacturing operations,” Certo says.