McElroy Truck Lines

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Trucker B's Comment
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Thanks for the update Parrothead66. I am registered to start CDL school January 4th, have McElroy as one of the companies I want to apply with. Had a nice talk with the recruiter who recruit's in Kentucky where I live. Would like to be home weekends.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Parrothead66's Comment
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Thanks for the update Parrothead66. I am registered to start CDL school January 4th, have McElroy as one of the companies I want to apply with. Had a nice talk with the recruiter who recruit's in Kentucky where I live. Would like to be home weekends.

Well they do get you home every weekend as promised. Now I'll be out a six week total before I get back home but it's because I volunteered to make this run up here (a little extra $$ never hurts). Still off every weekend just different locations. I've been running ND, MN, IL, IN, WI & IA so I'm enjoying this cool weather while it's still over 90 back home. I know there's other good companies out there but I've sure been happy I picked MTL. Good luck & glad to help any way I can.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Mike 's Comment
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Thanks all for the feed back here! I will be finishing up CDL school in a couple weeks and am going with McElroy as well. As everyone has stated the recruiter was very professional and open about the job and the company. The gals in the office have been very professional as well. I am one of those mid 50's guys that got laid off in another profession and cant get another job at that level so here I am...I also still have young kids at home so the benefits are almost as important as the pay and home time. Not being a religious guy I was a little concerned but the strict home time is a good thing and if they are picky that's ok by me. I come from a work background where being a professional on the job is part of the gig. I also like the fact they are not too big, I would prefer to stick around and not skate after 1 year. I also love the idea of driving flatbed without all the tarping...I dont mind some but being in my mid 50's that would probably get old pretty quick, and they are looking to build the Midwest fleet to accommodate their customers and I am 5 minutes from the tollway in Illinois. And 90%+ of the Midwest freight is pre-tarped, gotta love that!

Also, I have to say this site has been incredibly helpful with testing and just has a positive vibe that is not always present at other sites...the experienced drivers here are very honest, helpful, and willing to help. I think a big part of the difference here is most of the drivers like what they do and understand you get out of something what you put in. We will not get rich doing this but the industry is starved for good people and drivers, and the benefits are pretty darn good too. I come from a long line of truckers and have no illusions about the industry or the job, but what I do know is if I go in with a positive, professional attitude I will be one of the good ones.

Thanks again all and I will check back once I get my foot in the door and my feet wet at orientation.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anchorman's Comment
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When I first started this thread they were offering free health insurance...Is that still true?

Mike 's Comment
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When I first started this thread they were offering free health insurance...Is that still true?

Hi Anchorman, yes the ins is still free if you are single, and still pretty cheap even for the family option.

Anchorman's Comment
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Hi Anchorman, yes the ins is still free if you are single, and still pretty cheap even for the family option.

Thanks Mike! That is an awesome benefit!

Parrothead66's Comment
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Thanks all for the feed back here! I will be finishing up CDL school in a couple weeks and am going with McElroy as well. As everyone has stated the recruiter was very professional and open about the job and the company. The gals in the office have been very professional as well. I am one of those mid 50's guys that got laid off in another profession and cant get another job at that level so here I am...I also still have young kids at home so the benefits are almost as important as the pay and home time. Not being a religious guy I was a little concerned but the strict home time is a good thing and if they are picky that's ok by me. I come from a work background where being a professional on the job is part of the gig. I also like the fact they are not too big, I would prefer to stick around and not skate after 1 year. I also love the idea of driving flatbed without all the tarping...I dont mind some but being in my mid 50's that would probably get old pretty quick, and they are looking to build the Midwest fleet to accommodate their customers and I am 5 minutes from the tollway in Illinois. And 90%+ of the Midwest freight is pre-tarped, gotta love that!

Also, I have to say this site has been incredibly helpful with testing and just has a positive vibe that is not always present at other sites...the experienced drivers here are very honest, helpful, and willing to help. I think a big part of the difference here is most of the drivers like what they do and understand you get out of something what you put in. We will not get rich doing this but the industry is starved for good people and drivers, and the benefits are pretty darn good too. I come from a long line of truckers and have no illusions about the industry or the job, but what I do know is if I go in with a positive, professional attitude I will be one of the good ones.

Thanks again all and I will check back once I get my foot in the door and my feet wet at orientation.

Hey Mike just welcome aboard. Hope all is going well. While MTL is family owned with christian values they're not in your face about it trying to force their belief system on you, although they don't hide their beliefs either, nor should they. As long as you are willing to work hard and be professional you'll fit in just fine. I've been very pleased with my choice of companies.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mike 's Comment
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Thanks Parrothead! I am set to start orientation Dec 28th. I expect to work hard and being part of a company that demands professionalism is exciting to me. I am glad they are picky and don't take or put up with slackers. I also don't mind a company in this industry that at least has strong values and sticks to them. I have every intention of putting my best foot forward and being a professional driver. I am not necessarily looking forward to the 7 weeks away from my kids but the sacrifice should be worthwhile. I will be driving regional so once the training is over I will be fine. I am looking forward to getting started. Thanks again and I hope you and yours have a great holiday season!!

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Hi Parrothead. During the training for new CDL graduates, is it set up as a team, or is the trainer in the seat next to you? I would kinda think it would be harder to run a team, when y'all are home every weekend, but it is definitely possible.

McElroy is on my short list of companies i want to drive for.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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Hi Parrothead. During the training for new CDL graduates, is it set up as a team, or is the trainer in the seat next to you? I would kinda think it would be harder to run a team, when y'all are home every weekend, but it is definitely possible.

McElroy is on my short list of companies i want to drive for.

Welcome to the MTL family, if you chose them. I've been with them a year and a few months now. To answer your trainer question, he is there as a mentor. If all goes well, you will spend a majority of your time on the left side of the truck. He will act a your navigator and your reference guide for load securement. As you progress, and he feels confident in your skills, it should be as if he isn't even there.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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