Ozark Motor Lines Introduces New Driver Pay Package

ozark trucks in a rowOzark Motor Lines, Inc., a family-owned ground transportation services company based in Memphis, Tenn., recently rolled out a new pay package for its company drivers. The new pay package includes an increase in both cents per mile and accessorial pay.

“At Ozark, we’re committed to bringing drivers the best when it comes to their compensation packages,” said Mike Higginbotham, Director of Recruiting. “We’re proud that Ozark is a place where drivers truly feel at home and know they can have a successful career here.”

Starting rates for line haul drivers under the new pay package are 41 cents per mile for drivers with less than a year of experience all the way up to 46 cents per mile for drivers with five or more years of experience. Top out pay is 48 cents per mile. Line haul team drivers start between 23-26 cents per mile, topping out at 26 cents per mile. Regional drivers can expect to start between 38-43 cents per mile, depending on experience, with top out pay at 46 cents per mile.

In addition to this generous pay package, Ozark Motor Lines makes insurance benefits available to new drivers from date of hire. This includes Teladoc access to physicians, dental, vision, life and disability insurance options. Cancer and minimal essential coverage insurance options are also available one month after the driver’s hire date. Ozark’s flexible home time program gives drivers 48 hours of home time after spending 10 days on the road. Drivers can opt to stay out longer in exchange for extended home time hours. Other benefits include 401k plan, sign-on bonus, PrePass, no Hazmat, no loading or unloading, and no Canadian or NYC routes.

Ozark Motor Lines is known for its family atmosphere, stable growth and commitment to its drivers. To drive for Ozark Motor Lines, applicants must have at least three months of recent OTR experience, a valid CDL-A and be at least 23 years old. Current driving opportunities at Ozark include company drivers, owner operators, student drivers, teams and dedicated accounts. For more information on careers at Ozark, visit www.driveforozark.com or call 800-264-2033.

 

What You Need to Get a Commercial Driver’s License

White Truck Cruising on County RoadTo become a truck driver, you need one key piece of information. You need a commercial driver’s license, aka a CDL. This is not the same as your basic driver’s license. You will have to take a separate exam in order to get a CDL. However, that’s just the beginning. As you start up your truck driving career, here is everything you need to know to get a commercial driver’s license, so you can be a professional truck driver.

Class Types of CDLs

To start with, you’ll need to choose the Class type of CDL you are testing and applying for. There are two basic classes for truck drivers:

  • Class A
  • Class B

To be a long-haul trucker, you will have to get a Class A CDL. The Class B CDL is reserved for regional trucking jobs and local truck drivers operating straight trucks. The best way to tell the difference in the two is based on axles and hauling weights. If you will be driving a straight truck that does not bend at the axle, then Class B is ok for you. If you will be hauling less than 26,000 pounds, then you will have to have a Class B.

There is also a Class C, but that is strictly for people-movers, aka bus drivers. You won’t be taking that route if you are a freight hauling truck driver. For most truck drivers, the Class A CDL is both a good idea and mandatory for finding trucking jobs. That’s because the more you haul, the more money you’ll be making. As a Class A CDL truck driver, you can transport a truckload of goods across multiple states, which offers the best return on your time.

If you are planning on testing for your Class A, you will need to know a little bit more for your CDL exam. This includes how to pull a trailer of a combination vehicle, how to hook up the trailers of doubles and triples, and how to back up with a trailer attached.

Testing for the CDL Exam

Speaking of testing, you will have to pass not one, but two CDL tests. This includes a written, book knowledge test and a road skills test. This is the same idea as when you got your basic driver’s license. You have to pass a book test and then go out and drive with a DMV representative along a road course set up for the class of CDL you are testing for. You can study for the CDL exam in a number of ways:

  • Go to a CDL school or truck driver training program
  • Get a CDL study guide and read it cover to cover while also taking computerized tests accessible via the guide
  • Find a professional trucker and CDL holder who is willing to provide you with behind-the-wheel training
  • Go on YouTube and watch videos on how to handle and operate a tractor-trailer

In fact, a good approach to studying for the CDL exam involves combining each of these methods. The more ways you find for studying for the test and gaining the knowledge of driving a truck, the better. For instance, for individuals who are visual learners, they’ll appreciate videos rather than written text. Either way, you definitely want to get some behind-the-wheel training in. In addition to finding a helpful trucker to assist you with this, you can get this hands-on training at any truck driving school.

Proper Paperwork and Documentation

Once you are ready to take the test for a CDL, you’ll need to get your paperwork lined up. Here are the basic items you will be required to have when getting a Class A or Class B CDL:

  • Department of Transportation physical examination certificate stating you are physically able to operate a commercial vehicle
  • Drug test and alcohol screen results

You will be able to get both of these at any certified medical examiner, which could be a physician, chiropractor, nurse practitioner, health department, or otherwise certified-DOT examiner. Be sure to check with the examiner beforehand to make sure they are actually certified. The DOT provides the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners that lets you search for medical examiners in your area.

You can use this resource to find an examiner and to verify that your provider is a CME. If you choose a medical professional who is not a valid CME, i.e., the professional is falsely advertising that they offer this service, then the DOT will require you to get reexamined within so many days of a notification.

Other documents you’ll need include everything that is required to get a driver’s license. This includes proof of residency, current driver’s license, if applicable, social security number/card, certified copy of your birth certificate, etc. You’ll also have to pay a nominal fee for a CDL, which is typically less than $50. Once you pass the CDL exam, provide the documentation, and pay the fee, you will receive your CDL.

CDL Endorsements

Once you have a CDL, you can consider getting CDL endorsements. For truck drivers, these include:

Each of these endorsements gives you greater opportunities as a trucker in terms of what you can haul and transport. You’ll have to take separate tests for each endorsement, and the hazmat endorsement requires you to be fingerprinted and pass a background check.

Schneider National Tracking Loads Using FourKites Technology

Schneider national truck on the highwayTrucking technology is making great strides in the industry, and one company is on the forefront of implementation. Schneider National is now using a revolutionary new system for trucking load tracking. Using the efficient FourKites system, Schneider is able to monitor a number of freight load qualities at any point in hauling. Check out what FourKites is all about and why using this type of disruptive trucking technology puts Schneider’s orange trucks ahead of the competition.

What is FourKites

FourKites is a type of tracking software that uses real-time tracking and interactive mapping. This system also features predictive analytics to make tracking as exact as possible. Using FourKites, allows Schneider National to identify freight at any mile along the route from pick-up to drop-off. Instead of seeing blips on a screen, FourKites allows for the most precise location possible. For supply chain management teams, FourKites is the best way to track everything from location to the temperature of freight loads.

The Vice President and General Manager of Supply Chain Management at Schneider National, Mike Kukiela, had this to say about the use of FourKites: “With the emergence of e-commerce, coupled with today’s lean transportation networks, shippers struggle with visibility to their shipments. Integrating FourKites enhanced visibility capabilities within our leading supply chain technology platform allows customers to instantly know where their shipment is within their network.” The system is equally as easy for Schneider National truck drivers to handle, which helps improve job satisfaction.

Schneider a Leader in Trucking Technology

This isn’t the first time Schneider has pursued an innovative technology to help achieve shipping goals and to make truckers’ lives easier. The trucking carrier has consistently been able to apply trucking technology effectively so to improve the company’s end goal, which is total satisfaction throughout the supply chain.

FourKites CEO, Matt Elenjickal, adds that “Schneider has been at the forefront of technology disruption in the trucking industry, starting with the adoption of satellite tracking back in the 1970s. We are thrilled to help deliver the industry’s most accurate multimodal tracking and predictive analytics platform to Schneider’s non-asset-based customers across a wide range of verticals.”

Benefits for Schneider

By implementing disruptive and new technology in its fleet, Schneider is doing more than tracking loads. This type of technology is also helping the company lower shipping costs thanks to big data gathered from this technology. Everything from routes to weather is tracked and can be analyzed to help Schneider make smarter trucking decisions right now. This helps with end-customer relationships by strengthening confidence and saving them money.

In the end, Schneider truckers also win because they are gaining the ability to haul for a company with consistent contracts and long-term customers. Truck drivers are also able to improve their on-time performance, which looks good for both drivers and Schneider National.

Source: Schneider National – Newsroom

Hornady Transportation Guarantees $1,000 for Truckers

hornady truck drivers stand in front of trucksHornady Transportation has been around for nearly a century and it’s easy to see why. The trucking company in Alabama, which is a subsidiary of Daseke, is now offering one of the best deals for truck drivers in the Southeast. As a flatbed truck driver, you can earn a guaranteed minimum pay of $1,000 weekly when driving for this trucking company. Check out exactly how much you can make as a truck driver at Hornady Transportation and what to expect when you are hired by the carrier.

Guaranteed Pay Program

Company drivers for Hornady Transportation can now earn at least $1,000 every single week they are out on the road. That is a pay guarantee for this fleet of drivers who are also earning up to 52 cents per mile. This pay level sets Hornady Transportation at the top of the pack in terms of the best-paying trucking companies. Why is this company offering such a great pay package for truckers?

According to Chris Hornady, CEO of Hornady Transportation, “Drivers are the heart and soul of our company, and they make sacrifices by being away from home and loved ones. The guarantee gives them assurances of being paid, even if they’re not driving due to customer delays, congestion, operations, and market conditions. Rolling out this program will help protect our drivers from issues they have no control over.”

Truck Driving Obstacles

Hornady Transportation is addressing some of the biggest problems that plague long-haul truckers. Traffic congestion, customer delays, detention time, layovers due to hours of service rules, construction zones, equipment malfunctions, etc.—each of these issues has the potential to ruin the weekly pay of any trucker. Unfortunately, this kind of situation happens for all truckers.

By giving company drivers a minimum pay amount each week, no matter what circumstances slow them down, Hornady Transportation is hitting at the heart of what truckers need. They need to have confidence that whatever life throws their way, they can still bring home a steady paycheck. Consider that trucking is a highly volatile industry based on fluctuating fuel prices, shipping rates, and freight demand. This can make it difficult for truckers who are supporting families back home or working to pay the bills.

As a progressive trucking company, Hornady Transportation is highlighting this pay issue among truckers and identifying a solution. Hopefully, other trucking companies will soon follow suit by offering truckers a baseline weekly income. And it should be noted that the $1,000 a week in guaranteed pay is just the minimum that these truckers are earning. They are almost certain to make more per week than this based on the freight demand of flatbed haulers.

Driving a Truck for Hornady Transportation

So how can you take advantage of this guaranteed pay at Hornady Transportation? For starters, you’ll need to be able to handle flatbed trucking jobs. This type of trucking job requires drivers to strap and tarp loads as needed. This is a more physically demanding position than that of dry van trucking jobs. However, for your extra effort, you can earn more money as a trucker.

The trucking company is currently offering a $2,500 sign-on bonus for all new truckers. You can earn an additional $1,000 for completing trucking orientation with the company, which is at the higher end of orientation pay. Chris Hornady adds, “We continue to grow. We’re up to 270 trucks and are always looking for quality drivers to join our team.” The president of Hornady Transportation, Joe Booker, notes, “Our top drivers average more than 2,300 miles per week, which is excellent in flatbed hauling. So, the miles are there for dedicated drivers who are looking to maximize their pay.” If you want to work for a company that offers plenty of hauls, Hornady hits a home run.

Source: Hornady Transportation – Press Release

29 of the Top Trucking Companies for 2017 According to Inbound Logistics

US Xpress Truck Driver Driving on County RoadEvery year, Inbound Logistics comes out with the Top 100 Motor Carriers list. This includes trucking companies that vary in their capabilities. Some of the trucking companies are new to the industry while others have been established for decades. The companies include small, niche providers along with specialized freight haulers and regional trucking carriers.

How to be a Top 100 Trucking Company

To be included as one of the Top 100 Motor Carriers for 2017 is a solid indicator that these companies have excelled in the trucking industry. Whether this is in terms of profit and revenue or truck driver recruitment and retention, each company is worth a look when hunting for the best trucking jobs in the US. We are highlighting 29 of these trucking companies to give you an idea of what they offer.

  • Duie Pyle hires truck drivers for LTL and truckload freight as well as custom dedicated loads. This trucking company provides trucking services in the Northeast.
  • ABF Freight is an LTL trucking carrier that provides trucking jobs throughout the US. The carrier is affiliated with ArcBest.
  • Averitt Express is a Tennessee trucking company offering LTL freight loads throughout the Southeast region.
  • Bennett International Group is a Georgia trucking company that hires truckers for flatbed jobs, step deck hauling, heavy hauling, and specialized freight loads.
  • R. England is a nationwide trucking company that provides truck driver training at CR England Premier Truck Driving Schools. The company is the biggest reefer carrier, and they are hiring truckers for refrigerated hauling.
  • Celadon Trucking is based in Indianapolis and provides truckload shipping services across the country. This is one of the 10 biggest truckload carriers in the US.
  • Crete Carrier Corporation is a privately-owned trucking company. Crete Carrier hires truckers including OTR drivers, military vet truckers, owner operators, and dedicated truck drivers.
  • CRST International is a conglomerate of trucking operations. This group includes CRST Dedicated, Malone, CRST Expedited, Pegasus, Gardner, and other trucking carriers.
  • Dayton Freight Lines is a union-free LTL trucking company that is privately held. The company is headquartered in Ohio and serves LTL shippers in the Northeast in 11 states.
  • Epes Transport System is a North Carolina trucking company that hires truckers for hauling full truckload dry van hauls.
  • Frozen Food Express in Texas offers LTL trucking jobs for drivers hauling throughout the US. The company hires truck drivers for specialized freight loads, express delivery, and reefer hauling jobs.
  • Groendyke Transport is a bulk transport company hiring tank truck drivers. Based in Oklahoma, trucking jobs with this carrier come with paid truck driver training.
  • Heartland Express provides trucking jobs for drivers hauling coast to coast. These trucking jobs include long-haul truckload jobs and regional truckload jobs as well as team truck driving jobs and dedicated operations.
  • KLLM Transport Services of Mississippi offers regional and long-haul freight loads as well as dedicated trucking jobs.
  • Lily Transportation Corp. is a dedicated truck driving company for contracted customers. This company is equally focused on hiring military veterans who have military training and experience as a truck driver but need help transitioning to a civilian career.
  • Marten Transport is a refrigerated hauling trucking company based out of Wisconsin. At Marten Transport, drivers need to be Class A CDL holders in order to apply for trucking jobs.
  • Mercer Transportation hires owner operators in Ohio as well as military truck drivers.
  • New Penn is a trucking company specializing in LTL freight that includes next day and guaranteed freight.
  • Nu-Way Transportation Services of Illinois hires company drivers and provides a wealth of trucking benefits. These include a company matched 401(k) retirement plan, health insurance, rider program, flexible spending account, and uniform program.
  • Old Dominion Freight Line is a regional trucking company offering LTL trucking loads. The carrier was founded in 1934 making it one of the oldest trucking companies still in existence.
  • PITT OHIO provides truckload and less-than-truckload trucking jobs in the Midwest. The company is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Pride Transport is a Salt Lake City trucking company providing trucking jobs as a refrigerated hauler. The carrier offers paid truck driver orientation for all new truck drivers.
  • Reddaway Trucking is located in the Pacific Northwest out of Oregon. It is a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc.
  • Saddle Creek Transportation offers full range trucking jobs including flatbed hauls, intermodal trucking jobs, LTL trucking, truckload freight, reefer trucking jobs, bulk tanker hauls, rail, and air transportation.
  • Standard Forwarding is an affiliate of DHL Freight and provides LTL parcel freight loads out of Illinois.
  • US Xpress Enterprises is the second biggest privately held trucking company in the US. US Xpress features a well-rounded military vet trucker hiring program as well as trucking school tuition reimbursement, healthcare services, and full medical benefits.
  • USA Truck provides full truckload trucking jobs in North America. The company hires Class A CDL truck drivers to haul freight.
  • Ward Transport & Logistics Corp. specializes in LTL freight and is based out of Pennsylvania.
  • XPO Logistics is one of the 10 biggest trucking companies in the US. This carrier handles local LTL driving jobs, LTL military trucker jobs, intermodal drayage, expedited freight, last mile trucking routes, and OTR trucking jobs.

Choosing one of these top picks for trucking companies to drive for in the US will set you on a path to success. Start applying for trucking jobs today and haul for the best in the business!

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Moves Away from Lines of Credit for Organic Growth

roadrunner transportation systems truck on the highwayRoadrunner Transportation Systems is a trucking company and logistics provider. They recently announced that they have closed a lending facility worth $292 million. What does this mean for this trucking company? Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Roadrunner Transportation is getting away from depending on collateral-backed lines of credit to finance its equipment line. Instead, the company is pushing forward with organic growth that will better balance its current operating levels. Learn more about what this is all about and how you can find a trucking job at Roadrunner.

Selling Its Asset-Based Facility

Roadrunner Transportation System closed an asset-based lending facility (ABL). An asset-based lending facility is equivalent to a loan backed by collateral that includes a line of credit. This ABL is handled by Wells Fargo Capital Finance, JP Morgan Chase, and BMO Harris Bank. The ABL provided Roadrunner with:

  • $200 million as a revolving account for handling accounts receivable
  • $57 million in a term loan for purchasing transportation equipment
  • $35 million as a deferred draw term loan that was used to finance transportation equipment

The money within this ABL was also used for working capital and included in shares of Roadrunner stock.

By closing this five-year grouping of lines of credit, Roadrunner Transportation reps noted, “As planned, we have successfully closed on a new ABL facility, which completes the last key step in our recapitalization. We now have the financing and capital in place to support our current business levels and organic growth over the next five years.” So, what does this mean?

Roadrunner Goes for Financial Independence

By selling this ABL, Roadrunner is on the desired path to move toward being self-reliant financially. This will help the trucking company grow without depending on the financial gains of an ABL. It will also aid Roadrunner in being more sufficient at the current level. For many companies looking to grow financially, they will seek out investors for capital, which can help a company boom more rapidly. However, there is danger in the fluctuations of the market and economy that could result in a company being unable to pay back investors, resulting in dramatic loss.

Moving away from the asset-based lending facility will hopefully give Roadrunner Transportation Systems the ability to grow even more without the need of financial investors. This is a positive sign that this trucking carrier is on the upswing. Additionally, Roadrunner is no longer putting its trucking equipment up for collateral on these lines of credit. This shows a confidence that the company is able to finance itself without dependence, cost, and risk associated with lines of credit.

Truck Driving Jobs at Roadrunner Transportation

Roadrunner Transportation’s move toward being more financially independent is a great indicator that the company is stable and growing. It is also a perfect time to choose a trucking job at Roadrunner. So, what do you need to get started?

First of all, it’s important to understand that Roadrunner is not just a single trucking company. Instead, it is a transportation organization with at least 20 operations. For trucking jobs, these include:

  • Roadrunner Temperature Controlled
  • Roadrunner Freight LTL Linehaul
  • Big Rock Transportation for refrigerated and flatbed trucking jobs
  • Roadrunner Carriers for dedicated and OTR trucking jobs
  • Roadrunner Freight LTL Local
  • CTW Transport for refrigerated hauling jobs
  • Roadrunner Truckload Plus
  • EFS for local and regional LTL
  • Roadrunner Expedite
  • Roadrunner Intermodal Services including port freight
  • D&E Transport for flatbed hauling jobs
  • Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution for local and truckload trucking jobs
  • Rich Logistics for truckload and expedited trucking jobs
  • ISI Logistics for local and expedited freight jobs

Your first mission is to choose a trucking operation that meets your trucking experience and job expectations. All of these companies under the Roadrunner group hire:

  • Owner operators
  • Lease purchase truck drivers
  • Company truck drivers

As an owner operator, you can earn up to $225,000 a year as a solo OO. Team-driving owner operators can make up to $350,000. If you choose to lease purchase with Roadrunner, you don’t have to pay any money down. Late model equipment is provided in this truck leasing program. Additionally, you can pay low weekly payments with Roadrunner leasing. Company drivers for Roadrunner earn up to $1,200 a week. You are given consistent freight loads and newer trucking equipment in this trucking job.

Determine which trucking route you want to take and apply to Roadrunner today.

Source: Roadrunner Transportation Systems – News

Roehl Transport Paying $10,000 Sign-On Bonus

Roehl Transport Announces New Sign-On Bonus for Experienced Drivers

September 18, 2017 (Marshfield, WI) – Roehl Transport is excited to announce a $10,000 sign-on/Stay bonus for experienced CDL-A drivers, effective September 25, 2017, and for a limited time only. The bonus will apply to drivers who have a minimum of 6 months solo, over-the road tractor/trailer experience, and will include the following fleets: National Flatbed- Van, Curtainside and Reefer; Midwest Regional- Flatbed, Van, Curtainside and Reefer; Southeast Regional Van; Great Lakes Flatbed; Tri-State Flatbed; Central Region Flatbed; Northeast Van; and Dairyland. Unlike many payouts offered by other carriers in the industry, Roehl has designed their new sign-on to eliminate the many obstacles that drivers typically navigate through before receiving payments. The first payout of $500 occurs upon completion of the first load hauled, and continues at $500 for every 10,000-mile interval. Roehl Transport will also include additional retention incentives that significantly increase the scheduled payments. After running 30,000 paid miles, drivers will receive an additional bonus payment of $500, for a total of $1,000. Thereafter, payments of $500 will continue every 10,000 miles until the driver reaches the 10,000 total. “We’re excited to be able to offer our new, experienced drivers a great bonus that is easily attainable,” says Vice President of Driver Employment Tim Norlin.

As one of the largest trucking companies in America, Roehl delivers a broad range of services to a wide variety of customers, including Dry Van, Flatbed and Specialized, Refrigerated, and Curtainside. Within these divisions, Roehl offers many different career paths to match the individual driver’s level of expertise or area of discipline. The size of the company provides drivers with the opportunity to easily shift the direction of their career, should they choose to do so. Having many career options allows drivers to gain additional experience and minimize their risk of burnout.

To learn more about Roehl Transport, the new sign-on bonus, and truck driving career opportunities, visit Drive4Roehl.com, or call 715-591-7050 to speak with a recruiter.

Schneider National Shifts into Automatic Manual Transmissions

schneider truckIf you are new to the trucking industry or considering a career as a truck driver, there is one key to being a success. You have to know how to drive a big rig. In the past, tractor trucks came standard issue with an 18-speed transmission. This required you to learn how to shift those gears before you could get a commercial driver’s license. This was not a problem for most newbie truckers, since a good portion of passenger cars came with a stick shift. Not the case anymore, and trucking companies like Schneider National are following suit. By transitioning to automatic transmissions, truckers who don’t have manual driving experience are better positioned to be able to drive a big rig.

Benefits of Going Automatic Manual in Trucking

Why would a company as big as Schneider, currently ranked No. 6 among the Top 100 for-hire carriers, spend the money to make all trucks automatic manual? According to Schneider VP of Equipment, Maintenance, and Driver Recruiting, Rob Reich, “We have been testing various versions of automated transmission tractors since 2007, so we had a lot of experience behind us when we made the decision in 2015 to start transforming the fleet.” There are also several benefits in doing so including:

  • Automatic transmissions are more energy efficient, which means they use less fuel and give off fewer diesel emissions making the trucks on board with environmental expectations.
  • Automatics are easier to operate especially for the millennial trucking generation that didn’t grow up using a stick shift.
  • An automatic transmission requires less maintenance compared to standard manual transmissions.

By choosing to convert more than half of its fleet with automated manual transmissions, Schneider is hoping to improve its trucking capabilities. In addition to spending less on fuel, the company is striving to spend less on job recruitment and driver turnover. Equipping new drivers with less taxing and tedious trucking equipment will in turn give them less cause to want to quit their trucking job at Schneider and go somewhere else.

Schneider’s AMT Plan

Furthermore, Schneider National expects to have its entire fleet converted to AMTs by 2019. This would make Schneider the biggest trucking company in the US that will have gone completely automatic. So how do truckers and higher-ups feel about this transition in transmissions?

Reich notes that, “Ever since [we started transitioning], we have been very impressed with the dependability of these tractors. In fact, we’ve had fewer maintenance issues with them than we’ve seen with the manual-transmission tractors, which is not what we expected. We’re extremely pleased with the performance of these vehicles—and more importantly, so are drivers.”

Jim Czachor, a long time Schneider truck driver, who was on board with the pilot test for the program, said, “At first, I was wondering what I got myself into, so I asked my dispatcher, ‘If I absolutely can’t stand this, can I have my 10-speed manual back?’ Well, long story short, there’s no way I’d ever go back to a manual transmission.”

Among the newer truck driving recruits, there is even more enthusiasm for the switchover. Pam Taylor, Schneider National truck driver, added, “I learned how to drive on a manual at a truck driving school, but I’ve been driving an automated [transmission] since shortly after joining Schneider. Once I got in it, I was in love with it, and I prefer it over a manual any day! It’s easier to drive, and I also feel safer behind the wheel because it allows me to keep my focus on the road. I don’t have to shift down if something jumps out in front of me.”

Future of Truck Driving

We can expect to see more trucking companies, especially the larger carriers with a bigger budget for retrofitting and upgrading trucks, move toward AMTs in the future. There are too many pros for automatic manual transmissions in the trucking world to let this type of equipment be left by the wayside. As the trucking industry continues to increase its need for truck drivers, while looking for ways to cut fuel costs, automatics fit the bill and then some. Bottom line, if truck drivers are willing to operate an automatic with little resistance, then you can bank on other carriers taking up this more efficient, easier-to-operate type of transmission in big rigs.

Source: Schneider – Newsroom

CFI Appoints New Senior Vice President for Sales and Operations

cfi truck out in the desertCFI has recently named a new leader in its team of logistics administrators. Greg Orr comes to CFI with extensive truck driving leadership experience. Orr has stepped in as Senior VP for the Sales and Operations department in Joplin, Missouri as of July 2017. He will report directly to Tim Staroba, the President of CFI. Meet Greg Orr and find out how you can get a job in trucking at CFI now that Orr is on the job.

Meet Greg Orr of CFI

Greg Orr comes with a long list of job experiences that make him well suited for this senior VP position. He has worked in the following leadership capacities in the trucking industry:

  • Vice President and General Accounts Manager for Schneider National
  • Vice President of Operations for Greatwide Dedicated Transport of Dallas, TX
  • President and VP of Operations at Conway Multimodal at the Frisco, TX location
  • President of Action Resources, which is a hazmat and bulk chemical hauling trucking company in Birmingham, AL

He worked as a Regional Operations Manager for Wal-Mart prior to his expansive trucking leadership roles. Orr graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While attending, he played for the college baseball team all four years.

According to Richard Metzler, Chief Marketing Officer for uShip, “Greg is a quality-driven leader who had good balance between the customer, the team and the bottom line. He is one of those guys where you knew that even the toughest business challenges were in good hands. I have met few others in my career who had the judgment and perspective to drive a balanced business perspective forward.” CFI has provided Orr with a position that will hopefully allow him to showcase his leadership skills to propel this trucking company toward even greater days.

About CFI

CFI was founded in 1951 in Joplin, MO, and today the company has five locations throughout the US:

  • Dallas, TX
  • Joplin, MO
  • Memphis, TN
  • Laredo, TX
  • Taylor, MI

The company also has truck driver facilities in several states of Mexico via CFI Logistica, as well as in Canada. Additional facilities in the US are in:

  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Joseph, MO
  • Pocahontas, IL
  • Kansas City, MO

These strategic locations include drop points in Southern California, New Mexico, and Arizona. The trucking company of CFI provides valuable hauling that includes LTL hauls, full truckload services, and package/courier, as well as logistics management.

Dry Van Trucking Jobs at CFI

CFI is a leader in dry van trucking jobs in the US with more than 2,400 company truck driving positions. The carrier also hires independent contractors to the tune of 8,000-plus drivers. Additionally, CFI hires the following types of truck drivers:

  • Solo truck driving jobs
  • Team-driving positions
  • Dedicated truck driving jobs
  • Company truck driver positions
  • Independent contractor jobs

The company also hires student drivers who can go to trucking school at several sponsored schools, including the Truck Dynasty Driving Academy in Springfield, MO.

Team Driving Jobs at CFI

Currently, the trucking company is looking to expand its workforce of OTR team drivers. As a result, CFI is offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus for team drivers with experience. Team driving jobs earn 46 cents per mile split by the team, as well as up to 4 CPM for a safety bonus. If you are a team driver in the Northeast region, you can earn even more money thanks to a bonus pay option for drivers in this area.

OTR Truck Driver Perks and Benefits

If you are considering a trucking job at CFI, you’ll want to know what kind of benefits the company gives to new hires. CFI offers full trucking school reimbursement to cover your loans taken out to pay for trucking school. The company also allows for free riders, and CFI has a pet program, so you can take your furry friend along for company over the road. CFI provides its drivers with consistent home time, plenty of freight to haul, and weekly settlements. Consider a career at CFI today to start earning more as a truck driver.

Source: CFI – News

Ruan Transportation Celebrates Best Truck Driver and Operation for 2016

ruan truck on the highwayIn July, Ruan Transportation Management Systems held its annual award ceremony for the company’s Driver of the Year. This year, the truck driver earning that top prize was Robert Moore of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Also, the trucking company’s operating terminal of the year is their Chester, Virginia facility. The Operation of the Year award ceremony will be held in Chester later in the year. Let’s take a look at this year’s Driver and Operation of the Year at Ruan Transportation to see what it takes to be the best in trucking.

Driver of the Year Robert Moore

Robert Moore has been driving a big rig for Ruan Transportation since 2011. However, Moore is a trucker with nearly 40 years behind the wheel covering more than 3.8 million miles as a commercial truck driver. Since Moore has been hauling for Ruan, he has not been in any preventable trucking accidents giving him a stellar driving record.

To be selected as the Driver of the Year, Ruan went on a search among 300 trucking operations nationwide to find the top drivers. The company started with a pool of 177 truckers who were nominated based on:

  • Customer service
  • Safety performance
  • Length of driving career with Ruan

Among these 177, there were 15 drivers chosen to be in the Winners’ Circle. These honorees all attended the Driver of the Year award ceremony in Des Moines where the top winner, Moore, took the prize. For his dedication and hard work, Moore won a cash prize and trophy. He can also add Driver of the Year to his trucking resume, if he were ever to need to look for a trucking job.

According to Ben McLean, CEO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems, “This recognition is our way of honoring your dedication, professionalism and ongoing commitment to Ruan. When you think about it, each one of us who works at Ruan defines the company by our actions each and every day. The fact is, our professional drivers are the most visible to our customers. Our customers judge the quality of our company on the service provided by their drivers.”

Trucking Operation of the Year in Chester

Ruan Transportation also chose their top operating facility for 2016, which is located in Chester, Virginia. This operation is managed by Fred Saunders, and it is the primary provider of freight hauling for Airgas Merchant Gases. There are 36 people working at the Chester facility. Among those, Ruan truck drivers cover more than 3.6 million miles annually. These truckers are providing tanker trucking jobs that haul chemical freight and gasses including argon, nitrogen, and oxygen. If you are interested in hauling for a gas company that requires a tanker and hazmat endorsement on your CDL, then Ruan is the place to go.

Driving Jobs at Ruan

What does it take to get hired by Ruan Transportation Management Systems as a truck driver? As noted, you need to get your CDL endorsement for hazmat and tanker haul types.  If you have these endorsements, you can find trucking jobs in:

  • Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Joliet, Illinois
  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • East Chicago, Indiana
  • Chester, Virginia
  • Holstein, Iowa

If you are interested in relocating for trucking jobs, then Ruan may offer you a relocation package depending on your current location.

To qualify for Ruan trucking jobs, you’ll need to meet the following qualifications:

  • At least one year of over-the-road trucking experience within the last three years
  • CDL endorsements for hazmat, doubles/triples, and tanker hauls

Experience hauling hazmat and tanker loads, as well as in doubles/triples.

Benefits at Ruan

When hired at Ruan, you are eligible for top truck driving benefits. In addition to an average salary of $65,000, the company also provides you with sign-on bonuses and regular home time. In fact, more than 60 percent of drivers at Ruan are home every single night. You also receive full benefits after 60 days on the job. Ruan provides ongoing safety training for truck drivers to ensure you will be prepared to handle the specialized freight and hazmat hauls.

If you are interested in joining Ruan, a company that’s been around for more than 85 years, then submit your trucking job application today!