One of Our Million Mile Drivers – Dean Wethington
Our Philosophy – What Drives You?™
What Drives You?™ is what we’re known for here at PTI. It’s the question we ask every employee – driver and office worker alike. Why? It’s because it’s not just about what you do, but why you do it. Knowing that allows us to sincerely help people get to where they want to be in life.
Due to this philosophy, the focus at our transportation company isn’t just about hauling freight from here to there. It isn’t just about completing a task and making money. For us, the focus is people and our mission is to build a great place to work. We recognize that every person’s goals are different – they’re motivated by something truly unique to them. That’s why we work with each member of our team to understand their goals, hopes, and dreams, ensuring the PTI family helps them succeed, be happy, and feel fulfilled.
When employees come on-board at PTI, they know they’re on a professional career track that can lead to so much more than just a paycheck. Whether for family, career, or a better life, when you work with us, you’re not just a number, you’re a part of our team – our family. Let us know: What Drives You?™ We’ll help you get there.
Humble beginnings, it’s the phrase that perfectly describes the start of Paper Transport, Inc.
The company was founded because of a casual conversation between two friends, Lennie Shefchik and Roger Grimsely, during their weekly cribbage game. Typically reserved as a way for them and their wives, Joan and Amy, to unwind and have some fun, this particular card game turned into something much, much more. That something was the discovery of their entrepreneurial spirit, laying the foundation for the beginning of PTI.
Our Founders from left to right: Lennie Shefchik, Joan Shefchik, Amy Grimsley, and Roger Grimsley
In February of 1990, that foundation turned into an official trucking company when the first loads were pulled out of the Green Bay, WI area. Very quickly, PTI earned a solid reputation with their “get it done for the customer” attitude since it wasn’t unusual to see one of the founders, Lennie or Roger, jumping in a truck to deliver a load on time if a customer was in a pinch.
From 1990 to 2001, PTI became a niche service provider for one of America’s largest shippers. It was also during this time that the company expanded its fleet from just 3 original trucks to over 100, servicing customers 99% on-time to the minute. The individual attention they paid to their customers, along with a knack for innovation, further set PTI apart from their competitors and led toadditional growth from 2002 to 2009. In those seven years, the company added another 140 trucks to the fleet and opened up service to Muskogee, OH, Dallas, TX, and Jacksonville, FL.
Since 2009. Paper Transport has rallied around a strategy of growth and innovation in order to aggressively diversify through additional customers product lines. The company has grown from 240 trucks and 800 trailers in 2009 to over 875 trucks and 3,000 trailers today.
Our Culture and Values
You hear it all the time: “We have an awesome culture.” The difference between PTI and other organizations: We truly mean it when we say it. When decisions are made at PTI, they’re made based on What Drives You?™ and the impact they’ll have on our employees. Since the entire team is always taken into consideration, there’s a big sense of ownership amongst us all. We all strive to make PTI a great place to work – starting with our leadership team to our support and from our office team to our professional drivers.
Though we have more than 1,000 employees on the team (850 drivers and 200 office workers), PTI’s supportive culture results in a family-like work environment. Everyone is valued and recognized for the hard work that they do. Without our employees, our company would not be what it is today and would not be able to grow into what we hope it can become in the future.
Commitment to Safety
PTI takes a cultural approach to safety, resulting in a company-wide commitment to keep everyone safe when they’re on the road. For us, it’s never been just about ensuring that our professional Class A CDL Truck Drivers are kept safe and out of trouble, but it’s always been about looking out for the general motoring public as well. Everyone must make it home safely to their families.
Our actions to be safe include:
Be Safety Champions: Our team has an obligation to help one another by calling out and correcting unsafe acts or conditions.
Improve everyone’s knowledge on the subject of safety through continued training.
Build a safe trucking company with safe operating conditions, equipment, and drivers by seeking input from all employees along with experts in the industry.
For a more in-depth look at our safety approach, please visit our Safety and Technology page.
Throughout PTI’s history, there’s been one main focus: To always move forward, trying to find the most effective, innovative way to accomplish our business goals while being mindful of safety all at the same time. In short, we like to push the envelope and set the tone in the transportation industry.
For the latest developments at Paper Transport, Inc., please visit our News and Notes page or for commonly asked questions, head to our FAQ section. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 1-800-317-3650 or by emailing Marketing.Initiatives@papertransport.com.