What We Do
Prime Inc is America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and intermodal trucking company, provides safe, reliable, and continuous on-time service to it’s expanding international customer base.
At Prime, we have built a strong and enviable reputation for providing superior transportation services throughout North America. Our commitment to providing unsurpassed world-class customer service continues as we seek new methods, technical advances and systems which enable us to meet the ever-increasing demands of the shipping industry.
In addition to our core competency as a trucking company, we also have the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, Fire and Ice restaurant, Palace Hotel and Casino in Biloxi MS, the Preserve golf course in Biloxi, Prime Floral with operations in FL and on the west coast, as well as a company store, day care facility, on-site fitness center and café at our Springfield headquarters.
Our culture could be best described as one of associate empowerment. We allow and encourage our folks to be decision makers, and try to keep micro management to a minimum.
At Prime, we have one policy: Do your best, Do what’s right, and treat others the way you want to be treated.
At Prime, we offer many rewarding careers in many different areas. Trucking operations, driver training, security, fitness trainers, hospitality and restaurant management, recruiting/sales, marketing, business analytics, accounting and information technology as well as driving and shop positions.
We work hard at Prime, but we also play hard. We have perks such as tickets to the Springfield Cardinals, MSU football/ basketball, Drury basketball, concert tickets and even the occasional trip to the Kentucky Derby!
We have associate lunch/dinner parties, discounted stays at the Oasis hotel and the Palace Hotel, and an associate discount at Fire & Ice.
"We have a very flat business model that is entrepreneurial in nature and an owner that is fully engaged on every level.”
– Garrett Dowdy, Sales & Marketing
"We have a unique business culture that rewards performance in a fun environment and an owner that treats all associates as family ”
– Rick Gumucio, Sales & Marketing
"At the Oasis, our #1 core value is FUN! We are fortunate that our ownership allows us to get creative and think outside the box.”
– Missy Handyside, General Manger
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