De Pere-based employer and for-hire truckload carrier, Paper Transport, Inc. (PTI) announced a minimum charitable pledge of $100,000 to organizations supporting victims of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday with the aim to double or triple the contribution.
For the last 17 years, Jeff Shefchik, president at Paper Transport, Inc. (PTI), has always known the products PTI delivers is important to people. Recently, some of those products¾such as toilet paper¾have become really important. As a 30-year-old, dry-van carrier hauling consumer products including toilet paper, packaging, soap and consumables, PTI has been busy over the last couple of weeks and things are changing fast.
Continuous news of how the virus has affected communities, schools and unemployment inspired Shefchik to act. On Saturday morning, he reached out to his other partners. By that afternoon, the ownership team at PTI made the decision to donate half of PTI’s profits during the month of April to charities helping people affected by the COVID-19 in communities with PTI terminal locations.
“We know, if we have a great month, that contribution could be several hundred thousand dollars,” stated Shefchik in a video announcement to the PTI team on Tuesday (March 24th). “We also know that, at some point, our business is going to slow down and it’s possible we won’t make any money during the month of April. No matter what, that minimum contribution will be $100,000 and hopefully it’s a whole lot more than that.”
Shefchik charged PTI drivers and office staff to maximize profitability by focusing on performance and safety. “Every one of us needs to keep doing our jobs,” Shefchik stated. “We’ve got to keep doing all the things we do on Safety.”
During this time, everybody’s job is a little more difficult. Drivers are waiting in longer lines at shippers and receivers, and it’s more difficult to get their food and coffee at the truck stops. Office staff are no longer office staff. They have made their kitchen tables into offices and some are also playing part-time teacher because their kids are home from school.
“We know what our role is as a trucking company: Keep America Moving,” Shefchik concluded. “Every day we pick this country up and we deliver it back to itself. We’ve got to make sure we keep doing our job because we’ve got America’s back and sometimes their backside too.”
Founded 30 years ago in Green Bay, Wis., PTI is listed in the Commercial Carrier Journal’s Top 150 Carriers, as a for-hire, dry-van trucking company. The company focuses on regional truckload, dedicated truckload and intermodal services with multiple locations including Green Bay, WI; Neenah, WI; Sturtevant, WI; Pontoon Beach, IL; Muskogee, OK; Blakely, GA; Huber Heights, OH; Albany, GA; Forest Park, GA; Garden City, GA; and Jacksonville, FL.
The PTI team can be reached at 920-617-5412, email@example.com or www.papertransport.com.