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  1. Healthy Eating for the Long Haul

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    Do you struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle during your long hauls? With over a million truck drivers across Canada, this is often the case for many truckers. Healthy eating can be challenging for anyone at any time of the year; however, for truck drivers, the lifestyle that comes with the job can make sourcing or cooking healthy foods even tougher. For example, according to the Canadian Community Health Survey of Truck Drivers, 70 percent of truck drivers already eat less than the suggested five servings of fruit and vegetables per day.

    With busy schedules, and limited food options at the truck stops, eating healthy on the go may seem challenging but it’s not impossible! When you choose better health, you improve yourself and your overall quality of life. What drivers put into their bodies and how they treat them are equally as important as what goes into their trucks. Take the turn toward a healthier lifestyle and use these healthy eating ideas as fuel to get you through the long haul.

    Simple Grocery Go-To’s for Truckers

    According to Canada’s Food Guide, vegetables and fruits are essential to a healthy eating pattern, longer life and lower heart disease risk. Washed and prepacked produce is popular in most grocery stores. It is ideal for truckers with minimal to zero refrigerator space, as some can be stored at room temperature for longer periods. Additionally, cutting out fast foods and implementing more dairy, protein and fats from other sources can help avoid unwanted fatigue from unhealthy foods while still being easily accessible and easy to store in your truck. Some ready-to-eat snack ideas you can make or find at your grocery stores salad bar or deli include: 

    Food Storage  

    Healthy eating is easier when it is well organized; in fact, preparing foods that are ready to eat increases your likelihood of snacking on them. While long haul trucks and trailers look big from the outside, there is minimal space for storage on the inside which requires innovative preparation and storage techniques for your snacks. Before you prepare for a big trip, packing ready for anything essentials will help deal with more wholesome foods. Items such as a mini fridge organizer with extra pockets for non-refrigerated foods will be helpful to have fully stocked with cutlery and snacks and will curb your curiosity for other fast foods in a pinch. Additionally, to make the most out of your fridge space, bento boxes, silicone bags and or compact /stackable containers or bins are beneficial. Such food storage containers will also extend the life of most of your meals, preventing food waste and saving you more money in the long run.

    Convenience is Key

    Eating healthy doesn’t need to be complicated. For truckers, convenience is always key. Planning your routes and developing a routine before you head out on the road is an easy way to keep healthy eating convenient for drivers. Additionally, giving yourself ease is the best way to maintain a habit and conquer change; if you need to eat out one day, it’s okay.

    The Erb Group actively encourages healthy lifestyles and habits for the well-being of our employees both inside and outside the office by offering promotions and programs to connect with like-minded people to stay motivated. We recognize that creating a comfortable work environment where our employees can practice healthy habits is necessary to excel personally and professionally.

    Share a picture or link to your favourite healthy eating recipes and send it to for a chance to be featured on our socials and showcase the steps you’re taking toward a healthier trucking lifestyle.

    To read this blog in French, please click here.

  2. Make the Transition to a Night Driving Position

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    Most truck drivers put in hours of night-time driving at some point throughout their careers, whether at the end of their day shift or early in the morning; however, it takes a specific type of individual to be responsible for driving and delivering throughout the night. Although it is a tough job, trucking under the streetlights and low-traffic roads gives you the upper hand on a less stressful ride.

    A Day in the Life of a Night Driver

    Night driving with The Erb Group has many benefits, like less traffic, more terminal-to-terminal runs, and the opportunity to be home daily (depending on your position type). “A typical day in a local night driving position could be a mix of pick-ups and deliveries or terminal-to-terminal freight moves,” says Scott Misener, our Baden Driver Services Manager. Another perk of night driving is that the night shift typically begins at a specific start time, unlike the day shift, which can vary from day to day. 

    In contrast, daytime drivers are more likely to drive a straight truck and deliver loads requiring hand-bombing. The night shift doesn’t require as much lifting and moving, which could make this shift ideal for some. Additionally, working the night shift can make booking time off for personal appointments or caregiving easier, with time flexibility during the day.

    When it comes to the position’s challenges, the biggest obstacle as a night driver is managing your sleep schedule. It’s harder to sleep during the day because the likelihood of distractions is higher and increases the potential of you coming into work tired. There are many ways to help improve your sleep quality; you just need to be aware and set yourself up with the right tools.

    The Ideal Candidate

    Our Corporate Driver Recruiter, Krystal Satchell, explained, “With a night driving position, you either love it or you don’t.” According to Krystal, adapting to a night shift is much easier if you have previously worked swing shifts or nights in the past. In addition, driving at night requires more independence and critical problem-solving skills. Have your friends ever called you a night owl? An introverted personality and the preference to be more active at night will also set you up for success.

    Ultimately, making the switch to night shifts relies on you and your preferences as a driver. We have many different shift types and accommodations for individuals to suit their lifestyles , needs and preferences. If we have a driver struggling with a lack of sleep, we take this very seriously. Driving while sleep deprived is equivalent to driving impaired. We suggest sleeping tools and techniques to drivers when needed. 

    A strong and communicative relationship with our Driver Services team will also help you succeed! Scott shares these tips for anyone thinking of making the transition into a night driving position.

    • Keep your shift routine over the weekends. Don’t flip to days on the weekend to keep the consistency of sleep.
    • Ensure you are getting your sleep. Sleep deprivation is equivalent to being impaired. Manage your time and take breaks when needed.

    Interested in driving for The Erb Group of Companies? Check out our updated job postings here. Please note that we request one year of driving experience; however, once you have reached the 11–12-month mark, we encourage you to contact our recruiting team to start learning about the application process. Email us at when you are ready to make some cool moves!

    To read this blog in French, please click here. 

  3. The Erb Group Earns Women In Trucking Award

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    The Erb Group of Companies Named 2022 Top Company for Women to Work for in Transportation

    New Hamburg, ON, November 3, 2022 – The Erb Group of Companies has been recognized as a 2022 “Top Company for Women to Work For in Transportation” by Redefining the Road, the official magazine of Women In Trucking (WIT). The organization’s mission is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.

    There are a number of characteristics that distinguish companies recognized on this list, according to Brian Everett, group publisher and editorial director of Redefining the Road magazine. These characteristics include corporate cultures that foster gender diversity; competitive compensation and benefits; flexible hours and work requirements; professional development opportunities; and career advancement opportunities.

    Identifying the companies on this list involves a two-step process, said Everett. First, nominations of the companies are received and carefully reviewed to ensure they qualify by meeting a minimum threshold of qualifications. Then the final ballot of companies is voted on by individuals in the industry. This is the fifth year of this prestigious recognition program and it garnered more than 22,000 votes to identify the final companies named to the list. The momentum of this program has continued to accelerate since it was first launched in 2018.

    “As competent, talented women continue to rise through the ranks in the transportation industry, we are excited to feature the companies that make the strategic effort to attract and retain a more gender-diverse workforce,” said Everett. “This distinction of their impressive efforts legitimizes the recognition they deserve.”

    This year, the list is comprised of a diverse range of business sectors in the commercial freight transportation marketplace, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies, and original equipment manufacturers. These companies will be recognized at the upcoming WIT Accelerate! Conference & Expo Nov. 13-16 in Dallas. Navistar is the sponsor of this year’s program.

    To view a full list of companies named to the list, visit the WIT website.


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  4. Three Tips to Stay on Top of Your Cybersecurity

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    It’s cybersecurity awareness month! Every October, The Erb Group recognizes cybersecurity month as an opportunity for our IT department to share its expertise and inform our employees of the importance of cyber safety. Cybersecurity awareness can prevent employees from potentially clicking into security violation scams and exposing private information. Cybersecurity in the workplace is essential for any industry sector; however, the focus of cybersecurity in trucking and logistics has taken significant precedence as many transportation businesses slowly shift to using digital infrastructures and platforms for their operations.

    Cyberattacks are a growing concern, and the impact of one attack could cost you and your organization valuable resources, time, and confidentiality. In fact, according to the 2021 Cyber Defense Report, 86% of Canadian organizations experienced at least one cyberattack within 12 months. Being aware of cybersecurity best practices is significant because no organization or individual is exempt from a cyber-attack. 

    Throughout October, our talented IT team has been sending out a new cybersecurity tip every week to help keep our employees feel secure both on the job and at home! Here are our three top tips for keeping on top of your cyber safety this year.

    Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

    Have you ever had to enter a unique code alongside your password? That’s Multi-factor identification. As the name implies, MFA is an additional method of proving you are authorized to access the account you’re attempting to access. MFA doesn’t mean your accounts are invincible; however, it does mean you will be notified if anyone else is trying to log into your account. MFA often comes in the form of a code sent through email, text or phone call and is run through third-party programs such as Google or Microsoft authentication apps.

    MFA is the most important thing you can do to protect your accounts. If a website or company is hacked, your account will remain inaccessible to a hacker because they would need physical access to your phone to access the code. Even if they know your password, they will still need a unique code to log in to the account. Never give your MFA codes to anyone!


    We know that fishing on a boat is fun, but when it comes to phishing online, if it sounds too good to be true, then it likely is. If you have a computer or cell phone, you’ve probably seen a phishing attempt, whether you knew it or not. Phishing is a type of social engineering that tries to trick you into giving out sensitive information, such as passwords or downloading malicious software. Phishing can come from an email, phone call or text message. Never give any personal information to an unknown contact! 

    Cybersecurity experts predict that an estimated 98 percent of cyber-attacks use social engineering methods, which involve using fear and uncertainty to manipulate a user to reveal information. You can spot a phishing scheme simply by analyzing what the message is asking you to do. For example, these asks could sound like, “You’ve won a trip; please enter your information” or “Your account will be locked unless…” Suppose you find a phishing scheme in the workplace, report it to your IT department immediately and delete the message. If you’re at home, delete, block and report the sender of the message. Have you already been baited by a scammer? Change your password for the affected accounts and immediately run an antivirus scan to avoid any more pop-ups or slowdowns on your device. 

    Fake Chrome Extension

    Google Chrome is one of the most popular and trusted internet browsers today, with more than six in ten people using Chrome to browse the internet. As users provide more and more trust in the platform, it creates more opportunities for scammers to develop fake malicious software and present themselves to users as if they are the brand. Then, they target the software toward someone who isn’t equipped with the tools needed to sight a cyber threat.

    Scammers have developed a fake chrome extension called “Internet Download Manager” that has been in store for years and could hurt your device without you even knowing. Before you download any “chrome extensions” or updates to add to your browser, make sure you research or ask your IT department if you are unsure. Additionally, when you click on a new link, be cautious of the following:

    • A new tab opening 
    • Unrelated websites 
    • Pop-up ads asking you to download additional programs and files 

    As we become a more paperless organization, we are grateful to our team of IT professionals for safeguarding our systems and working hard to create resources and tools to help our employees become more conscious of online threats, preventions, and protocols. It also establishes an excellent learning experience from significant awareness months, like Cybersecurity month!

    “I think it’s crucial to acknowledge Cybersecurity month, as it reinforces our commitment to keep our employees aware of cyber safety and to constantly be on the lookout for cyber threats, especially in email, which our employees work with every day”, said Darryn Nafziger, our VP of Information Technology (IT).

    With the rise of the digital era, Cyber safety continues to be a growing threat around the globe and is advancing at a rapid pace each year. As cyber criminals become more creative, the number of breaches continues to rise and threatens those vulnerable to attacks. Cybersecurity is a team sport, from those who set cyber strategies, policies and frameworks to the individuals putting them into action. Cyber security is achieved through everyone’s participation. This Halloween, follow these three tips and tricks to help yourself, your workplace, and your friends stay calm and combat cybercrime one click at a time.

    To read this blog in French, please click here.

  5. Irene Looks Back on 30 Years of Finance at The Erb Group


    “Find something you like to do, and it won’t feel like work. It’s a fact,” said our Vice President of Finance, Irene Holdbrook, reflecting on her time with The Erb Group. Last month, Irene celebrated 30 years with the company and hasn’t stopped moving forward since.

    All Roads Lead to Accounting

    Irene’s career started with The Erb Group in 1992 as a co-op student from Wilfrid Laurier University. With prior experience in auditing, Irene was hired to help support our finance department and was later officially hired on part-time. In 1993, after her graduation, Irene’s hard work in previous positions earned her a full-time role and equipped her with the skills needed to thrive as a leader in finance for many years to come. 

    Irene’s co-op experience helped her gain a broad perspective of the many wheels that turn to keep a trucking operation in motion. Starting from the ground level allowed Irene to absorb everything she could to be helpful to all departments. Learning how to issue cheques, managing customer calls, and payroll processing helped her get to where she is today. Gaining a holistic overview of how everything works and why is beneficial because, “All roads lead to accounting at Erb Transport,” said Irene.

    Moving Through Positions 

    Progressing through her career into an executive role as a female in a traditionally male-dominated industry can be tough; however, that didn’t stop Irene. “Females in the boardroom are a really important asset. I bring a focused mindset and ensure we keep our resources moving,” she explained. Throughout every role, Irene never stopped learning or asking why. It helped her fully grasp where opportunities or improvements could occur. This very mindset was the reason she was welcomed into the boardroom and senior leadership gained confidence in her ideas.

    Irene’s experience and past endeavors with coworkers were also pivotal in her growth at the company. “I’ve learned something from everyone,” said Irene while recalling many cherished relationships she’s developed throughout her career. “Kevin Cooper was there during my accounting footsteps, and Dave Dietrich was always an incredible support.” Having supportive coworkers who show how much they value your opinion has positively influenced the way she works day-to-day.

    Fondest Memories 

    Having been at The Erb Group for many years, there are many great memories. While looking back, Irene mentions our family culture and compassion have always stood out throughout the ups and downs of life. In 2000, Irene had unfortunate news hit her family. “I walked into Dave Dietrich’s office and asked for flexibility, and it was delivered with compassion. You hope it never comes to that, but if it does, having an employer that has that ability is never underappreciated and will never be forgotten,” she explained. 

    Additionally, at the start of Irene’s career, she had no intention of becoming an executive leader in finance. However, the value Irene brought to the company led us to support her by furthering her education and earning her CPA and CMA certifications, extending our mantra of fostering a caring culture and supporting our employee’s career growth.

    For anyone thinking about making a cool move in their career or is working toward a management position, Irene’s advice is to “Start in a role and soak everything up. The more you know, the more valuable your ideas and expertise become.” Congratulations again to Irene Holdbrook for reaching an incredible 30 years of service milestone with The Erb Group. She continues to be a valued and cherished leader within our company.

    The Erb Group always looks for opportunities to help our employees advance, personally and professionally. With the right mindset and dedication, you can also achieve your dream position.

  6. Three Things a Trucker Should Know During Their First Year

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    You may have heard a trucker say that the first year of trucking is the toughest; however, it is also an exciting time for new drivers to prepare for learning the ropes of the road and the obstacles that come with it. As a new driver, the first year is all about observing and absorbing everything you can so that you feel fully prepared when the time comes to take on the long haul on your own.

    The first year in your truck is a transitional phase; learning the ins and outs of a new job can be nerve-wracking. Utilizing this time is the first step in gaining the skills required to be a safe and professional driver. Whether you’re just starting your career on the road or considering a career in trucking, follow these three tips to start your first year in a truck off on the right foot!

    The Basics

    Truck driving is a big adjustment mentally and physically for individuals entering their first year on the road. “It’s the true test of finding out whether a career in driving is for you,” said Sheldon Wheeler, our Corporate Driver Service and Fleet Safety Manager. Depending on the position you’re interested in, you could be sitting for extended periods of time on an over the road position compared to a more local position, where you are actively jumping in and out of the truck often. Adapting to extended times away from home and new experiences are also critical in overcoming the first few weeks in the driver’s seat.

    It is important to know what you like and what you are comfortable with. There is always an opportunity at The Erb Group to grow and move into new positions and passions that suit your needs and lifestyle. Your happiness is significant in enjoying the day-to-day responsibilities of being a driver; be extra mindful of your intuition!

    Key Connections 

    Driver Services is the number one contact you should stay connected with within year one. From the first day, as an entry level driver, a driver gets partnered up with a driver trainer for eight weeks at Erb. “During training, we attempt to prepare you and create a minimal place of anxiety for when you are ready to go out and establish your own rhythm of the road.” Said Sheldon. 

    Maintaining a good connection with driver services early on allows you to find yourself and your surroundings as a new driver. Without an established routine, driver services can advocate and help you to build connections with peers and other important people in the delivery/pickup process when you need help with a specific situation. Additionally, our driver services team hosts mandatory safety training meetings annually for all drivers with a different theme for each session to ensure our drivers stay educated, engaged and safe! Once you are familiar with the business and processes, the key communication primarily lies between peers, dispatchers, and your coach.


    As a driver, good communication skills are an asset. Being on the road alone often means that you need to maintain many lines of communication. “Don’t make yourself feel isolated – there is a network around you that wants to see you succeed. Your success is our success,” said Sheldon. Developing your own voice and advocating for yourself is important. Especially if you’re struggling with work relationships, your truck or just a tough day. At The Erb Group, we value our drivers’ mental health and well-being and understand how investing in our employees’ health helps them excel in their jobs.

    Reflecting on his time at Erb, Sheldon explains, “It’s exciting and great, I’ve been in the industry for 38 years, and I love it more every day.” The first year in a truck can be tough, but it’s a great way to travel, develop and experience new things. If you are passionate about driving, you can quickly move up and gain skills that lead to bigger and better opportunities. Throughout your 365 days of new driving experiences, remember to give yourself ease and use these three tips to help you truck through the new adventures that lie ahead.

    Interested in driving for The Erb Group of Companies? Check out our updated job board postings here. Please note that we request one year of driving experience; however, once you have reached the 10 -12-month mark, we encourage you to contact our recruiting team to start learning about the application process. Email us at when you are ready to make some cool moves!

    To read this blog in French, please click here.

  7. Happy National Trucking Week!

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    It’s National Trucking Week, celebrating, recognizing and acknowledging the integral role employees are a part of in the transportation industry. As they say, “if you’ve bought it, a trucker probably brought it.” We keep the wheels turning while food is being delivered to tables. The trucking industry remains a critical component of the worldwide supply chain. Although it can be challenging at times, it is also rewarding for many individuals within the industry.

    The pandemic shined a spotlight on our industry and provided a look through a different lens at our supply chain. We continued to power uphill as an essential service during the pandemic. As our company continues evolving, it is important to remind ourselves of the incredible power our industry and its people hold. We want to extend our gratitude to everyone working in the trucking industry. Thank you for trucking through these challenging times and reminding us of all the incredible positive changes we are making in the communities around us. We are proud, and so should you!

    We Help Bring Food to Family’s Tables

    Trucking plays a vital role in the process between producers and consumers. As border buddies, the US and Canada exchange roughly $2 billion in goods and services each day, and Canadian drivers alone handle 75% of cross-border truck freight. As members of the trucking industry, you help keep trucks rolling with items that go into families’ home fridges and freezers.

    As a company specializing in refrigerated trucking, the demand for our services is also increasing. The global refrigerated goods market expects growth from $56.01 billion in 2021 to $62.47 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.5%. Providing fresh food, pharmaceuticals, and other essential items to our customers would be difficult without making some cool moves.

    We Value Our Communities 

    The trucking workforce is made up of a diverse group of people who are happy to work together. When it comes to being the providers of essential items, whether the food we eat, the medicine we need, or the materials required to build homes, we always look for opportunities to help. The Erb Group aims to contribute to communities around our terminals by offering in-kind support or donations to extend our mission of bringing food to family’s tables. In August, we donated $5000 to The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford to enhance food programming and accessibility. We also delivered furniture for a Kitchener not-for-profit to make their new supportive housing units feel more like home for the community’s youth.

    We Are Resilient 

    During the peak of the pandemic and beyond, critical supply chains and their employees were in extremely high demand. Thus calling upon the 650,000 individuals in Canada’s trucking workforce to put in longer hours and drive more miles to keep the stress of society at ease. In 2018, the average truck driver previously waited about 2.5 hours at warehouses. Still, supply chain bottlenecks have made delays and closures even more unpredictable now, without considering other driving obstacles. However, through it all, we remained resilient and continued to deliver with excellence.

    It takes a special type of person to work in the trucking industry. Our goal is to ensure our employees feel valued, and know they are part of an integral operation. The challenges and triumphs we have conquered have shed light on our industry and the people who work hard to keep the wheels of our trucks moving. “The main reason I like to work for Erb Transport is that I enjoy seeing our customers’ products on the grocery shelves and knowing that we played an important role in it getting there,” said Penny Gill from our Montreal Terminal. 

    Thank you for sticking with us for the long haul and bringing food to family’s tables with cool moves and warm hearts.

    To read this blog in French, please click here

  8. How to Navigate Through Brake Safety Week

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    Brake Safety Week is a program dedicated to improving commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America to reduce the number of highway crashes caused by faulty brake systems. Since 1998, the CVSA has conducted roadside inspections educating drivers, mechanics, and owner-operators on the importance of proper brake inspection, maintenance and operation. “Brake Safety Week shines a light on our current safety practices. It encourages the principles and habits of being prepared and aware at any time, not just when there is an inspection or accident,” says Sheldon Wheeler, Corporate Driver Service and Fleet Safety Manager at The Erb Group.

    In 2021, 35,764 commercial motor vehicles were inspected during Brake Safety Week. Twelve percent of those vehicles were restricted from travel because inspectors found brake-related critical inspection item conditions and placed those vehicles out of service. Brake Safety Week is not just a reminder for drivers to keep up with the mechanical integrity of their trucks. Sheldon explains, “It’s also for the individuals in front or behind our trucks that don’t know what traffic is like or how to merge around larger vehicles properly. Our practices need to be the best because the practices of others are not always promised.” 

    This year’s focus is on brake hose leaks and chafing. Inspectors will look for missing, non-functioning, loose, contaminated or cracked parts on the brake system and non-manufactured holes (such as rust and holes created by rubbing or friction). Sheldon has shared his top three safety tips for drivers and how they can lead with a safety mindset beyond Brake Safety Week. 


    Getting into an inspection routine familiarizes and encourages drivers to be more prepared to check specific truck components and equipment. We do our best to prepare our drivers for any unexpected surprises by implementing a tagging program that gets them into a routine of inspecting their fleet for potential problem areas. When you become comfortable with your environment, you may overlook things; however, when someone else with fresh eyes is in that environment, they may notice something you didn’t. Conducting personal inspections also allows drivers to learn what they need to be more aware of before heading out on the road.


    We recommend taking advantage of the outreach and educational opportunities that provide renewed air brake knowledge, inspection skills and heightened awareness to our drivers to help reduce the risk of safety for drivers and others on the road. During Brake Safety Week, we remind our drivers of upcoming inspections, what they should know and what they can do to ensure they are ready for whatever lies ahead. “Inexperienced drivers or drivers who haven’t yet been through a lot of inspections throughout their careers could benefit from being refreshed on what the CVSA standards are and how the inspectors will confirm the air brake components are in proper working order,” says Sheldon. 

    Ask Questions

    When in doubt, ask other drivers, fleet maintenance or Driver Services for help! It’s okay to ask for more information or support. We encourage a coaching mentality when it comes to safety. Brake Safety Week is an excellent opportunity for drivers to be in an environment where they can strengthen their knowledge or ask questions if there is any uncertainty. Developing a solid understanding of your truck, its components, and how they work, along with working together with your maintenance team, can maximize the safe operation of your truck. 

    Our priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and others on the road. At the end of the day, we want you and everyone around you to make it home safely. For additional resources and information about Brake Safety Week, see the links below or call and schedule a time to talk to Driver Services.

    Brake Safety Resources

  9. Building a Trucking Career That Fits Your Lifestyle

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    One of our long-standing drivers, Ritch Thiessen, based out of our Baden Terminal, has been surrounded by trucking since he was a young boy. Growing up with his parents owning a trucking company, he was keen to be in the passenger seat, learning the value of transportation and the fundamentals of being safety conscious. “I didn’t choose trucking,” he explained, “trucking chose me, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

    Being so heavily influenced by truck driving, Ritch wasn’t surprised when he heard a knock at the door one night. Vernon Erb and his then young son, Wendell Erb, had come for dinner to discuss with his parents how they could work together to help deliver goods with The Erb Group’s new but quickly growing client base. In the 1970s, just after Vernon received his PCV license, he and Wendell were looking for someone to help distribute meat from Burns Meats Ltd., Canada Packers Ltd. This was the start of his family’s long-standing work relationship with the Erb family and a piece of Ritch’s story in becoming part of The Erb Group’s driver workforce.

    Flexibility of Positions

    Ritch recently transitioned from being a long-term International Cross Border Truck Driver to a Local Driver with a route from Leamington to Windsor. Ritch liked the cross-border long-haul lifestyle because he could make extra money, travel, and choose the length of his routes, but his needs changed as time passed. “I don’t like sitting for 11 hours a day. Doing local runs, I work four days a week, and I could do up to 15 stops a day,” Ritch explained. With all the moving around during local routes, the first few days were more physical than he expected, but Ritch can now fall asleep effortlessly and in his own bed every night. The benefits include more than just a good night’s sleep. After swapping into this new position within the company, he mentions, “if the fast pace of local driving doesn’t work out, I still have the option to go back to long hauls without risking job security.”

    Building Connections

    Throughout his time at The Erb Group and finding new trucking experiences and opportunities, Ritch bonded with Wayne Baechler, a close friend and mentor within the company. When Ritch was looking to expand his expertise, Wayne was the first person to offer him a recommendation and reference; he was also the person who helped Ritch re-enter the roster at The Erb Group. Ritch returned to the company because he wanted to prove that he could do better and allow himself more opportunities to grow professionally. “Wayne gave me a chance where other people wouldn’t,” he explained, “and I’ve heard this before from other drivers. Once you work for Erb, there is no comparison. It’s a large company but operates as a family-owned business.”

    Still settling into his new local role, Ritch plans to play out his passion for trucking with us until retirement. In addition to being behind the steering wheel, there is so much more to the job than just driving, like knowing your product, reefer, and temperature settings; however, it only makes the job more rewarding after a successful day of deliveries. Learning new things isn’t easy, “you’re going to have good days and bad days no matter where you work,” Ritch explained, but patience is key to being in it for the long haul. If you’re looking for a career that will fuel your desire for driving, take the turn into a position in transportation.

    Interested in driving for the Erb Group of Companies? Check out our updated job postings here. Please note that we request one year of driving experience; however, once you have reached the 10–12-month mark, we encourage you to contact our recruiting team to start learning about the application process. Email us at when you are ready to make some cool moves.