Freightliner Trucks Offers Driver Retention Forum

PORTLAND, ORE. – Freightliner Trucks, together with Partners in Business, is offering the Owner-Operators Retention Forum 2006. Scheduled for Oct. 16-18, 2006, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the seminar will provide expert advice from leading carrier executives on retaining owner-operators and helping them succeed in business.

Topics that will be covered include: helping owner-operators manage fuel costs; starting a buying cooperative; developing a successful lease-purchase program; starting and using a driver council; structuring pay packages and dealing with settlement statements; developing owner-operator educational programs; and more.

In addition, the forum will feature carriers with low turnover rates who will share their best strategies for operations, safety, recruitment, and retention.

“Retaining drivers is an ongoing struggle. In fact, it’s not uncommon for turnover to be in the 80 percent range,” said Jonathan Randall, director of product marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “With an average cost of $8,000 to replace every owner-operator, this is an expensive problem for the entire industry.”

Continued Randall: “We want to provide carriers and owner-operators the tools to be as productive and profitable as possible. As the only OEM to provide ongoing educational opportunities for both carrier executives and owner-operators, we also host operational seminars on a regular basis.”

Partners in Business is the industry’s leading training program for owner-operators. It is a collaboration between Freightliner Trucks, American Truck Business Services, Castrol, and Overdrive Magazine.

For more information on the Owner-Operators Retention Forum 2006, please go to or call Sue Hammond at (800) 633-5953 x 1301.

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 trucks and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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