Challenge: The managers at Swift needed to find a steady work crew to provide complete semi-tractor and trailer repair services for their fleet of trucks.
Solution: Working with the Labor Partnership team, a large pool of potential workers was identified among the prison population at the ASPC Lewis with the skills being sought by Swift management. The Lewis facilities managers identified a secure space within the complex where Swift could build a fully equipped facility to perform the various repair and maintenance services the trucks in their fleet needed.
Swift made a substantial investment to build their facility. Once built, they brought in their heavy vehicle technicians to begin training the new inmate work crews. This successful partnership began in 2003. Currently, 83 inmates are working at the Swift facility and 10 ex-offenders have secured full-time jobs.