All employees from the entire Love’s Family of Companies, which includes the truckstops, Love’s Truck Care and Speedco centers, alternative fuel provider Trillium, its commodity trading company Musket, the Gemini trucking fleet, its hotels and other business units, are eligible to receive the incentive, the company said.
Early in the pandemic, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) designated truckstop workers, along with convenience, retail fuel and foodservice workers, as essential under its Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance. Love's move recognizes the increased vulnerability of the sector’s workers.
“A big element of our culture is taking care of our team members so we’re always thinking of new ways to do that,” said Love’s President Shane Wharton. “As an essential business, our employees have worked tirelessly to keep America moving, and the vaccine, along with following safety protocols, offers the best protection from COVID-19. The incentive is another way of encouraging our employees to stay safe during the pandemic.”
Love’s, which employs more than 29,000 people, plans to open up to 50 new stores and add more than 3,000 jobs in 2021, the company has said.
Founded in 1962 and with more than 540 locations in 41 states, Oklahoma City-based Love’s is a family owned and operated. It provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more. Love’s has more than 400 truck service centers, which include Speedco and Love’s Truck Care locations.