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Hines Trucking operating normally

By Staff, 04/7/20 10:27 AM

PRESCOTT – For the most part, Hines Trucking, Inc., is operating normally.

Ron Quillin, director of human resources, said two people have been laid off because of circumstances related to COVID-19, and recruiting has slowed down. However, the recruitment issue is more because of slow downs in other aspects of the company’s business – mainly other businesses such as Domtar closing for three months. Because fewer slips are being turned in by the drivers due to the downturn in productions, a couple in the accounting department have also been laid off.

On the other hand, drivers are still on the road doing their job. Quillin said they may be in the best shape of all because their offices are their trucks and it’s easy for them to maintain social distancing as they rarely have to get out.

However, safety measures have been put in place at the offices and shop in Prescott. He said nobody gets past the lobby in the offices, and the bay doors in the shop stay open ensuring an unimpeded flow of air. Workers are doing their best to maintain the prescribed social distance of six feet and are wearing gloves, but, at least for now, no one’s wearing masks.

“I’m afraid this will continue after the virus peaks,” he said, citing Domtar’s shutting down for three months.

Hines was scheduled to hold its annual banquet on March 28,  but the decision was made to postpone it. Quillin said the banquet is still in limbo and there may not be one this year because of the virus. Should this be the case, those being recognized will have their awards sent to them. However, he pointed out nothing has been discussed concerning the banquet.