McElroy Truck Lines

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Reformed Squid's Comment
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Yes I have been working with Anita and she has taken excellent care of me. Chris was the recruiter who came by the school I went to he also was very straight forward and everything I have heard from either of them has been backed by their drivers. I was very impressed by that; especially coming from the military and knowing how recruiters are.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Rick S.'s Comment
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Covenant supposedly has "high christian morals and standards" - and we know how well THEY are loved...

Just sayin.

Rick

Richard G.'s Comment
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I have heard nothing but good things about them. Being based in Alabama, I spoke to them recently, thinking about future options a year from now. I must say, I was really impressed.

Rickdirt's Comment
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I have heard nothing but good things about them. Being based in Alabama, I spoke to them recently, thinking about future options a year from now. I must say, I was really impressed.

I'm heading to CDL School in 1 week and I have talked to their recruiters about joining them after school. Since I'm in Indiana, McElroy has started a Midwest route based in Wheatfield, IN. Does anyone know what dedicated account they run?

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.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I have heard nothing but good things about them. Being based in Alabama, I spoke to them recently, thinking about future options a year from now. I must say, I was really impressed.

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I'm heading to CDL School in 1 week and I have talked to their recruiters about joining them after school. Since I'm in Indiana, McElroy has started a Midwest route based in Wheatfield, IN. Does anyone know what dedicated account they run?

It's for Georgia Pacific hauling building supplies for Lowes and Home Depot stores. McElroy has a long standing relationship with both in the southern states and they were recently asked to fulfill a larger contract throughout the midwest. Big shoes to fill and they're hiring to fill those positions so they can get their drivers they pulled from down south back down south and back into their regular routes.

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.
RedBeard's Comment
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Hey robert b you still heading to mcelroy this weekend to start training? Just wondering cause ill be getting down there a week from sunday so hell i might be able to see you down there.

Brandon K's Comment
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McElroy had a recruiter come to our Class, If I remember correctly they are flatbed only, starting pay for fresh out of driving school was .44, but they don't pay tarp pay. Also they pay higher tuition reimbursement than most - $250 per month.

Skydrick (Brian L.) 's Comment
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Great Answer!

Just to add to that, a McElroy recruiter stopped by my class yesterday. He was extremely professional and had a great powerpoint that almost answered all of our questions before we could even ask them. They don't pay any type of fuel or safety bonus or tarp pay for a few reasons, one is that they realized people were being encouraged not to report accidents and to drive in unsafe ways to try to win the bonuses and two they decided to just put it all in to the base pay. Which at .44 is very generous. 70% of their loads are preloaded and pretarped so they don't have a tarp pay.

As mentioned before you are home every weekend, I asked if you wanted to take a load across a weekend if you wanted to keep rolling and he said only on Saturday or possibly if you picked it up Sunday night but they just don't allow drivers to drive Saturday night in to Sunday or holidays except extreme circumstances. They have a solid account with Lowes stores so an interesting bonus is that if you don't have a place to park the truck during your home time you can use any Lowes or Home Depot parking lot as long as the manager at that site is ok with it. That is something they have specifically negotiated for their drivers to be able to do. Those stores don't need to be in your home town either if you use your home time to go on vacation. Keeping in mind they are a regional carrier so you won't be getting dispatches too far from home. I didn't write it down but maybe someone who is more familiar can correct me but I believe they are also going or are already all automatic transmissions in their KWs.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RedBeard's Comment
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Just to add to that, a McElroy recruiter stopped by my class yesterday. He was extremely professional and had a great powerpoint that almost answered all of our questions before we could even ask them. They don't pay any type of fuel or safety bonus or tarp pay for a few reasons, one is that they realized people were being encouraged not to report accidents and to drive in unsafe ways to try to win the bonuses and two they decided to just put it all in to the base pay. Which at .44 is very generous. 70% of their loads are preloaded and pretarped so they don't have a tarp pay.

As mentioned before you are home every weekend, I asked if you wanted to take a load across a weekend if you wanted to keep rolling and he said only on Saturday or possibly if you picked it up Sunday night but they just don't allow drivers to drive Saturday night in to Sunday or holidays except extreme circumstances. They have a solid account with Lowes stores so an interesting bonus is that if you don't have a place to park the truck during your home time you can use any Lowes or Home Depot parking lot as long as the manager at that site is ok with it. That is something they have specifically negotiated for their drivers to be able to do. Those stores don't need to be in your home town either if you use your home time to go on vacation. Keeping in mind they are a regional carrier so you won't be getting dispatches too far from home. I didn't write it down but maybe someone who is more familiar can correct me but I believe they are also going or are already all automatic transmissions in their KWs.

all good points thats why i chose them over other good companies. As for for their trucks and transmissions; 100% stick shift trannys the recruiter said they had to many problems with the automatics and almost all of their fleet is international prostars they have bought some freightliners for their top drivers in seniority to test them out.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Reformed Squid's Comment
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I have been solo for one month with them and I love it so far. Of course there have been those rough days where you sit and they load or unload slower than molasses in winter. I have gone through 2 trucks and I'm on my third one now, not very common. Some of the dedicated will pay .44 however most of what you do will earn your min pay and you will just get the empty miles back. I have been running mostly Nashville dedicated and that will really test your abilities as a driver due to some of the job sites you will deliver to. I had to have a forklift swing my trailer for me because there was literally no possible way to get out. It's a great company it really is. Good luck to you and see you on the road.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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