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Sysco West Texas Hosts U.S. Congressman, Discusses Industry Labor Shortages


LUBBOCK, Texas – U.S. Congressman Jodey Arrington visited Sysco West Texas last week and learned about the driver shortage challenges facing the company, along with other priority items of interest.

The OpCo President Chris McCool and his leadership team held a roundtable discussion with Congressman Arrington to explain the business operations and answer his questions. Following this, Frank Mainolfi, VP, Operations, led a comprehensive tour of the warehouse, including Sysco’s inbound and outbound logistics, and also discussed customer and supplier relationships.

One of the focal points of the meeting was the shortage of available drivers Sysco and the broader trucking industry is facing, which has caused severe operational challenges. Currently, there is a bill in Congress (H.R. 5358, the DRIVE Safe Act) that would create a pilot program to allow more drivers to enter the workforce, in order to safely help rectify this growing problem. During the meeting, the Congressman agreed to support the bill as a co-sponsor.

After touring the warehouse, Congressman Arrington met with Chad Bobbitt, Director, Business Resources, and Chef Jennifer Kimberly at the test kitchen to learn about business review processes and the extra mile Sysco goes to help its customers succeed.

“It is important to get face time with our elected officials to explain what is working and what is not working for us at Sysco West Texas,” said McCool. “Once he saw how busy we are out here, he understood how big of a problem the driver shortage is for us.”

IFDA is happy to assist IFDA members in setting up visits with your elected officials. Please contact Carolyn West at (703) 532-9400 to learn more.