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Trucking Company Makes Big Pay Move

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Over the next year, CRST expedited will pay out an extra ten million dollars to their truck drivers.

It's the largest increase in the company's history.

CRST president says the idea is to keep current drivers and draw in new ones.

It's another busy lunch hour at Village Meat Market and Cafe, and owner Lou Thompson says business would be a nightmare if there were no truckers to make shipments.

"We don't get products we don't sell, we don't stay open, we don't have employees," she said.

Thompson says she gets large orders from different food vendors who need long distance truckers to bring those products to them.

That's why she wants more people to go into the trucking industry which is currently seeing a driver's shortage.

Something folks at CRST are also encouraging, with a pay increase for all their drivers.

"Trucking is extremely important to the country. We move approximately four thousand shipments around the country every week," CRST President, Cameron Holzer said.

The pay increase is partially because a new regulation limits the number of hours a trucker can work down from 82 to 70 hours.

That cut means drivers make up to five percent less than they used to. Now CRST wants to make up for that.

"There's two cents for lead drivers and four cents for any hazmat so that's going to add up over time," said CRST driver Leon Chapman.

For business owners like Thompson who depend on truckers

"We can keep them here in town again as always keep it local," Thompson said.

The pay raise will kick in, in twelve days on October 15th.

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