The recruits for Hogan Transports Inc. will work on temporary visas that can be renewed each year at the discretion of the U.S. Labor Department. Their starting salaries will be about $30,000 a year, according to a company spokesman.
The company had to prove to the Department of Labor that it could not fill the jobs with local workers before getting approval to bring in drivers from abroad. Missouri's unemployment rate is about 3%, below the nation's 29-year-low of 4.2%.
The Barbados recruits must complete 174 hours of independent training, then will get 94 hours of hands-on training at a trucking school. They must pay for their own training.