Love’s, the nationwide travel-stop company headquartered in Oklahoma City, announced plans to open 25 new stops and 15 Love’s Truck Care and Speedco locations in 2023.
The company plans to add 75 new service bays and increase its mobile maintenance fleet by 75 vehicles, explaining it will not only provide emergency roadside assistance but perform light maintenance for fleets onsite at their facilities.
To get technicians to populate the new bays and maintenance trucks, Love’s is also doubling its Truck Care Academies from two to four.
“We have about 1,800 mechanics today, and we’re going to continue to grow that to support this growth business,” Love’s President Shane Wharton said of academy expansion. “Our goal is that they grow their career with loves, and not somewhere else, and that we have a lot of opportunity to allow them to do that.
Overall the company expects to grow its employee base by 5% to 42,000 in 2023.
The company currently has 1,700 bays and 1,000 maintenance trucks, according to Wharton, so that means adding the total number of bays by 4.4% and mobile maintenance trucks by 7.5%.
The mobile side provides light maintenance, such as oil, brake and tire work, along with preventive maintenance.
“We won’t do engine overhauls or get into an engine, but all of the other things, wheel seals and bearings and all of those sort of things, we can do,” Wharton explained.
As fleets find themselves with less time or labor to do their light maintenance work, Love’s is ready to step up with specific technicians heading out to their terminals and yards.
“Depending on how much the business grows, we may have to dedicate trucks to particular areas, depending on the level of business,” Wharton noted.
The company also announced existing stores will be remodeled over the next “several” years, as well as updates within Love’s family of companies.
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