Saia was originally founded in 1924 with one terminal in Louisiana. Over the next several decades, the transport company expanded into Texas, and eventually into several other southern states.
Yellow purchased Saia in 1993, and eventually spun it off as an independent organization with Jevic. In 2006, Saia reemerged as a single, publicly-traded brand. Today, Saia is one of the top-ten LTL carriers in the US. The carrier also covers Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Saia specializes in one, two and three-day LTL shipments to 34 states with a network of 147 terminals and 8,200 employees.
Saia’s fleet is approximately 11,000 pieces strong with roughly 2,700 tractors and 8,300 trailers.
Saia hires local, line haul, and team drivers. They also have openings for Class-B city drivers. There are some part-time opportunities available, but all the driving jobs require at least one year of prior driving experience.
Saia line haul jobs go from terminal to terminal. Some line haul jobs are dedicated runs that allow the driver to be home every day. There are also variable route jobs. According to the company website, Saia line haul drivers get two days off per week and average 2,500 miles per week. Their team drivers average 5,500 miles per week.
Local city drivers pick up and deliver shipments within a set radius of the terminal. The normal city driver work week is Monday-Friday, and some drivers also spend time working on the terminal dock.
All Saia drivers must be over 21 with a valid CDL with hazmat and doubles endorsement.