Demand for drivers prompts Martinez Trucking to open its own school

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The trucking industry has had a tough time finding qualified drivers over the last 10 to 15 years.

So Martinez Trucking decided to do something about it by creating its own truck drivers’ school.

Today’s truck driver has to be tech savvy.

Z Martinez, operations manager for Martinez Trucking

It’s called the Martinez Technical Institute and it’s located in a new building at 2020 Garland St. in Pasco on Martinez Trucking’s lot near King City.

“We started the school because we need drivers,” said Zenaido Martinez III, one of six family members working with the company. “Our trucks and our industry require a special set of skills. So we started the school. We need drivers. We’re always hiring all of the time.”

Today, Zenaido III – everyone calls him Z – is the operations manager.

Martinez Trucking has been a success story in the Mid-Columbia.

The company was started by Zenaido Martinez Jr. with one truck 34 years ago in Basin City.

Martinez and his wife, Dora, expanded to 15 trucks and moved the business to Pasco.

Their children eventually joined the business.

Brother Nathan Martinez is the service manager, while another brother, Stephen Martinez, is the logistics manager.

A sister, Stephanie Coria, is the human resource manager.

Over the last three years, Martinez Trucking has grown to include a fleet of 55 trucks.

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Jeffrey Morrow

Jeffrey Morrow

Jeff Morrow retired from the Tri-City Herald in 2015. Jeff spent 30 years on the Herald’s sports staff, including the last 19 as the sports editor. Although he likes to write, Jeff still finds time to travel, golf and take care of his family’s three dogs. He and his wife of 31 years, Connie, have two adult daughters.

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