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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

2010 EDIES Story 19 of 24: Hauling jobs into our economy

The trucking industry in Tama County has capacity for growth to employ more workers, and that is exactly what Z Line did when they expanded their trailer fleet leveraging the buyer’s market in the middle of the recession.  Z Line also welcomed the challenge of adding to their 46 person workforce by publically saying that they would find contracts for experienced certified drivers in 2010 when many others were laying off workers.  Randy Zimmerman, owner of Z-Line, Ltd. of Toledo, Iowa explains.  Remind me – what are the EDIES.

HOW WE DID IT: We at Z Line have always taken pride in the fact that we keep abreast of the always changing policies of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (F.M.C.S.A). They have implemented a new program called CSA 2010 that completely revolutionized the trucking industry. We have been told by numerous associates, including the Iowa Motor Truck Association, that we have been one of the most pro active companies in passing this knowledge on to our drivers. This has also helped us expand our number of employees in a time where carriers of our size have been known to lay off, or go out of business.

HOW WE GOT THE IDEA: Trucking is a large part of the midwest economy, and Tama County is no exception. There is always a need for jobs in the industry, and we hope we have helped do our part in our area.

OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE: Staying abreast of the constantly changing rules of CSA2010 while continuing to work through the transition.

HOW WE OVERCAME IT: Constant communication with safety officials in the industry, F.M.C.S.A., as well as our drivers on the road, to gather all information to adjust our business to the new program.

ADVICE TO OTHERS: Having your workforce on the road causes new challenges every day. Laws, customers, the public and many other variables make this an ever changing business. It’s important to keep your ears to the ground and be ready for anything that can happen.

WHAT IS NEXT: To continue to improve the safety initiative brought by CSA2010, to hold Z Line and its employees to the highest safety standard possible and to use our successful transition to the CSA 2010 laws as a blueprint for any other changes that may occur in this business.

Photo of Randy Zimmerman by Mike Adams.

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