Kennesaw Transportation is rewarding 36 of its drivers who have been with the company for the long haul. The Rydal, Ga.-based company rewards its drivers with a $10,000 bonus after every five years of service. This year, the bonus totals at $360,000 for 36 drivers and for many of the recipients, this is not their first time bringing the bonus home.
The longevity bonus was created in 1999 by owner and president Pat Patrick to celebrate seniority and help the company’s drivers save for the future.
“Kennesaw Transportation is a profitable company and we use some of that profitability to escalate our driver compensation and reward program in order to attract and keep quality drivers,” said director of recruiting Kelley Jones.
The loyalty to the company is reflected in some of their most veteran drivers. Stephen Alan Williams is the most veteran driver at Kennesaw, with 32 years and 8 months at the company. James Brown is a close second with 32 years and 6 months of service. There are many other drivers that have over 20 years with Kennesaw on their resumes.
Kennesaw’s low driver turnover rate is a benefit of the bonus. The company averaged 65% for solo drivers and 70% for team drivers in 2013, a relatively low rate for a carrier their size according to Jones.