Crete Carrier Corp. was founded in 1966 and is based out of Lincoln, NE. They haul dry van trailers while their sister company Shaffer Trucking, handles temperature controlled freight. Crete now employs more than 4,200 drivers with more than 4,000 tractors and 9,600 dry van trailers.
Crete Carrier Corporation currently owns and operates 19 terminals across the United States. Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking share a corporate headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska and also share terminals in the following locations:
The minimum hiring qualifications include, but are not limited to:
While there may be temporary hiring freezes in some areas of the country at various times, Crete typically hires from all of the lower 48 United States.
Crete operates throughout the entire continental United States.
All students will need to complete a paid 4 to 8 week on-the-job-training program with a Crete Driver Trainer.
No, drivers are not forced to team after training. Even during training, trucks are run as solo operations. Team divisions are available for those who choose to drive a team truck.
While Crete only hauls dry van freight, their sister company, Shaffer Trucking, hauls refrigerated and temperature controlled freight.
During the 4 to 8 week company training period, trainees are paid a flat salary of $500 per week. After that, drivers will earn the following:
Crete Carrier pays their drivers using a "Practical Mileage" calculation. The average annual earnings for Crete Carrier drivers for 2010 was between $52,000 and $62,000 depending on the division they were in.
Crete offers the following benefits to drivers after 30 days of employment:
You can also learn more about Crete's insurance and benefits here.
No tuition reimbursement is offered.
Drivers in the national OTR division will run all 48 states and be home every 21 days for 3 days of hometime.
No pets are allowed, but a family rider program does exist. The requirements for the family rider program are as follows:
Crete Carrier has a team driver division available for those who wish to drive a team truck. If you do not currently have someone to team with, Crete will assist in finding you a co-driver.
Crete generally doesn't operate in Canada and you will not be required to cross into Canada.
Drivers are not forced to pickup or deliver in NYC.
A hazardous materials endorsement is required and at times, driver may need to transport hazardous cargo.
About 70% of freight is drop and hook
Crete has a "semi-forced dispatch" system. The majority of the time, drivers are sent 2 or 3 load assignments to choose from with different pickup and delivery locations. The driver must pick from the list sent. On occasion, drivers are only given one option and in that case, the driver is forced dispatched.
There are many regional and dedicated opportunities at Crete as well as some select local positions. However, the availability of these positions depends largely on where you live. In some locations, you may be eligible for a dedicated or regional position immediately following training while other locations don't have regional or dedicated positions at all.
Trucks average 2 years of age.
International and Freightliner Cascadia models are equipped with 10 speed Eaton Fuller 10 speed manual transmissions while Freightliner Century models are equipped with Meritor 10 speed manual transmissions.
Trucks are restricted between 62 and 65mph.
More than 75% of the fleet is equipped with APU's with plans to increase the number as new equipment is purchased. Trucks without APU's are equipped with auto engine start/stop features.
The entire fleet is currently being switched over to paperless logs.