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Governor thanks truck drivers

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Mondovi (WQOW) - Local businesses depend on truck drivers to deliver supplies to stock store shelves and this week those drivers are being recognized.

Truck drivers are responsible for helping to put food on the table and gas in your car.

"Every day the millions of miles that they drive, they do a fantastic job, they keep our stores stocked and we all owe them a deep sense of gratitude for what they do," says Marten Transport's director of recruiting, Tim Norlin.

They work for companies like Marten Transport in Mondovi, which the governor honored on Thursday as a leader in the industry and Wisconsin.

"Out of the top 250 in the country, 11 of those top companies when it comes to motor carriers, to trucking companies are right here in the state of Wisconsin.  We're very proud of them," says Governor Scott Walker.

But many trucking companies are facing a few roadblocks, including driver shortages.

"Any given day we could use another 100 drivers at Marten Transport.  We'd love to hire 100 truck drivers right here in Wisconsin if we could," says Norlin.

Fleets are also struggling with fuel costs.

"Fuel costs are always a concern.  Our fuel costs just month over month are up about seven cents a gallon right now, which doesn't sound like a lot, but when you talk about the millions of gallons Marten Transport buys," says Norlin.

Despite those expenses many companies, including marten are trucking along strong.

"It's critical for the economy and to the local area for all of our employees to earn great paychecks, to spend the money in the local area and support the local economy," says Norlin.

"Say thank you to the drivers and to all the other staff that keep them on the road, not only here in Wisconsin, but across the country.  We're proud that they're based here in the state of Wisconsin," says Governor Walker.

Keeping local economies rolling on 18 wheels.

The governor also announced plans to tour the state next week, unveiling legislation on jobs to help develop grow small businesses like Marten Transport.

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