HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Drive down Highway 41 anywhere in the tri-state and you might not think there is a shortage of trucks or truck drivers, but local businesses say that the industry is in trouble.

Mark Springer, of Henderson-based D&G trucking company, says there is a shortage of trucks, drivers and parts in the industry. While the issue is not new, Springer says the issue is not resolved by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Springer notes that the pandemic exposed the problem and made it worse with late shipments and not enough drivers to handle the load.

Some experts say supply chain issues in the United States and around the world are having a ripple effect on the economy and the trucking industry. Amrou Awaysheh of the Kelley School of Business says truck drivers are forced to work harder around the clock to meet demands.

What does this mean for consumers? Awaysheh says any goods that haven’t left overseas factories may not arrive until the holiday season.

Springer says his company is working with a local community college to train drivers, get them on platforms and get on the road.

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