Now, Sharp boasts 54 trucks and 132 trailers. Its headquarters are in Cambridge, Ont., and operations have since outgrown Baird’s basement. Today, Sharp primarily hauls pharmaceuticals across the U.S. border.
“And that’s all temperature controlled,” he said. “I’d say the other 40% would be hauling office furniture across the border.”
Sharp has yards in Michigan, Moncton, Montreal, and Halifax, and is one of the rare trucking firms that actually has a line of drivers waiting to drive for it. That’s right. For Sharp, the driver shortage is non-existent. In fact, Baird challenges the notion entirely.
“There’s always talk about the driver shortage,” he said. “Sharp has never had to look for drivers or advertise for them. We’ve always had drivers waiting to come on. I think the larger issue is…there’s not as much of a shortage of qualified drivers as there are good companies for drivers to work for.”
At the time Baird was interviewed for this piece, he claimed to have six drivers waiting for Sharp trucks to drive. To be a good company to drive for, Baird said that it has to first and foremost be safe, and not treat employees and drivers like a number.
“Drivers are involved in spec’s of the truck, too,” he said. “They work with salespeople and they make changes they want to up to $10,000. They pick detail packages themselves and the interior of the truck is important as well, so they get to have a say.”
And while Sharp sounds like a great place to work, it’s not easy to get into the driver’s seat. Baird explained that the hiring process for new drivers is very thorough, because he knows “a truck just sitting in the yard for a while can cost you $3,000, but if you put a wrong person in it, it can cost you $10,000.”
Potential drivers for Sharp go through an extensive screening process that involves a 10-year background check and four-hour interview.
“Because we know sometimes drivers will say he’s one person in the interview, but he’s someone else on the road,” Baird explained.
However, if you are chosen to drive for Sharp, you can enjoy the benefits the company has to offer, including joining the company’s philanthropic community.