Con-way has launched a new driver career choice program that creates the opportunity for drivers at full-truckload carrier Con-way Truckload and less-than-truckload carrier Con-way Freight to formally consider new-hire driving positions at their respective sister companies.

The program represents a first for the industry, according to Con-way, providing a career path for truckload drivers interested in moving to an LTL environment, while enabling LTL drivers to consider a different driving experience and lifestyle change as a long-haul, over-the-road truckload driver. The program emerged from discussions between the two companies following Con-way's acquisition of Contract Freighters Inc. (CFI) last year, which was recently renamed Con-way Truckload.

"This program provides a great path for Con-way Truckload drivers who work well with us over a period of years to increase their earning power and move into a driving job that consistently allows them to be home every day," said Herb Schmidt, president, Con-way Truckload. "We are confident this new career option will retain current drivers and get new drivers to join us, since this truly is an opportunity they won't find at any other company."

"This program gives Con-way Freight more flexibility to address its new-hire needs through ready access to an experienced driver workforce that already shares the Con-way culture and values," said John G. Labrie, president, Con-way Freight. "It's a cost-effective recruiting platform and, for Con-way Freight driver sales representatives, it provides the opportunity, if they choose, to investigate a different career experience on the open road without having to leave the familiarity of the larger Con-way enterprise."

Under the program, interested drivers have access to information about open driving positions at their respective sister company before they are advertised in the market. Candidates who wish to pursue an opportunity with a sister company would have to meet certain eligibility standards. Once eligibility is confirmed, candidates would complete the standard application and hiring process to be considered for employment at the respective hiring company.

The initiative represents the latest in a series of moves the Con-way enterprise has made to capitalize on its 2007 acquisition of CFI, now Con-way Truckload.