K & B Transportation Company Review

K & B Transportation Company Overview

K & B Transportation company logo

Established in 1986, K & B is the largest for-hire temperature-controlled carrier in the U.S.

Headquartered in South Souix City, NE, K & B Transportation services mainly customers in the middle 1/3 of the U.S., also including service between Georgia and tthe Pacific Northwest.

K & B Transportation Corporate Headquarters

Map of K & B corporate headquarters
4700 Dakota Avenue
South Sioux City, NE 68776
Phone: 1-800-549-7599
Website: K & B Transportation

Getting Hired At K & B Transportation

K & B Transportation Minimum Hiring Qualifications

  • 1 year current OTR Tractor/Trailer (combination vehicle) experience.
  • No abandonment of equipment on work record.
  • Current CDL Class "A" issued from the state of residence.
  • No failures of drug screens.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No DUIs, reckless driving convictions or major speeds.
  • Moving violations- no more than 3 minor violations in the last 3 years.
  • Accidents- no major chargeable in the last 3 years and no more than 1 minor chargeable per year in the last 3 years.
  • Able to pass DOT physical, drug screening & road tests.
  • Good, verifiable references for the last 10 years.
  • Hiring Drivers With Felonies

    K & B does not hire felons
  • Hiring Drivers With A DUI

    K & B does not allow any DUI's
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K & B Hiring Area

  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Minimum Hiring Age For K & B Transportation

K & B Minimum Hiring Age:
21 Years Old

Minimum Age Comparison

  • Salmon 25  
    .
  • Rush 23  
    .
  • R + L 23  
    .
  • US Xpress 21  
    .
  • JBS 21  
    .
  • Swift 21  
    .
  • K & B 21  
    .

Minimum Experience Required For K & B Transportation

K & B Minimum Experience:
12 Months

Minimum Experience Comparison (Months)

  • AAA Cooper  24  
    .
  • Quality Distribution  12  
    .
  • A. Duie Pyle  12  
    .
  • Navajo  12  
    .
  • K & B  12  
    .
  • Central Transport  3  
    .
  •  Swift
    No Experience Required

K & B Transportation Driver Pay

OTR Pay Package (Based on Time With the Company)

  • 0-6 Months - 45 Cents Per Mile
  • 6-12 months - 46 Cents Per Mile
  • 1-2 Years - 47 Cents Per Mile
  • 2-4 Years - 48 Cents Per Mile
  • 5-7 Years - 49 Cents Per Mile
  • 7+ Years - 50 Cents Per Mile

Accessory Pay

  • Drop Pay - $10 for extra pickups or drops (1st of each not included)
  • Clean DOT Inspection - $50 regardless of level
  • Detention Pay - $10 per hour after 3 hours (dependent on customer)
  • Layover pay - First 24 hours covered by mileage guarantee, $25 every 6 hours after 24 hours
  • Referral Bonus - $500 after referral completes orientation, $500 after referral's one year anniversary
  • Unloading - If unloading were to come up, drivers are paid $3.00 per thousand pounds.

K & B Transportation Per Diem Pay

Per Diem allowance. 4 cents per mile of your base pay tax free.

K & B Average Weekly Pay

K & B Average Weekly Pay:
$1,125 weekly

Average Weekly Pay Comparison

  • Waggoners  $1,307  
    .
  • Lone Star  $1,200  
    .
  • K & B  $1,125  
    .
  • May  $1,050  
    .
  • CRST  $1,000  
    .
  • Celadon  $850  
    .
  • Covenant  $780  
    .

K & B Starting Pay For Solo Drivers

K & B Starting Pay For Solo Drivers:
45 cpm

K & B requires 12 months experience

Solo Starting Pay Comparison

  • Marten  49 cpm  
    .
  • K & B  45 cpm  
    .
  • Millis  36 cpm  
    .
  • May  35  cpm  
    .
  • Celadon  33 cpm  
    .
  • Super Service  32 cpm  
    .
  • SRT  29 cpm  
    .

K & B Transportation Driver Benefits

K&B Transportation offers medical, dental and life insurance coverage to all full time employees and their eligible dependents. Employee’s coverage becomes effective the first of the month after 60 days.

The medical coverage is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska which is a PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) medical insurance that permits you to obtain care and service from any provider you choose.

Choose between Plan A which offers lower co-pays and deductibles or Plan B which offers affordability.

Vacation:

  • One week after one year
  • Two weeks after two years
  • Vacation is calculated off of the drivers average weekly earnings for the last year

K & B Transportation Operations

Driving Opportunities At K & B Transportation

Driver Types:

  • Solo

Freight Types:

  • Refrigerated

Route Types:

  • Local
  • Regional
  • OTR
  • Dedicated
  • Part Time

K & B Transportation's Driving Opportunities In Detail

OTR Opportunities:

  • Regional - 100-900 miles per load, National - 100-1500 miles
  • Regional home time - every 10-14 days, National every 12-19 days
  • 2,500 miles per week guaranteed, $1025.00 minimum per week.
  • 100% conventional fleet tractors. Equipment that comes with built-in company CB's, Jake Brakes, Air Ride suspensions and satellites. All 2012 or newer Freightliner Cascadias.
  • Permanent assigned dispatcher to keep you moving and getting the miles/revenue.

Local & Dedicated Opportunites:

  • Home time - Almost every day
  • ALL Drop-and-hook freight
  • Referral bonus program - $1000 per driver
  • Full and part-time positions
  • Late Model Freightliner Day Cabs
  • Detention pay
  • Average pay of up to $187/day

Hillshire Brands Dedicated Opportunities:

Hiring Area: Most drivers on this fleet generally live within 40 miles of Rochelle, IL. Also have openings within 30 miles of New London, WI, and other cities throughout the upper Midwest.

  • Salary 0-1 year: $1090/week
  • Salary 1-2 years: $1118/week
  • Salary 2+ years: $1145/week
  • Referral bonus program - $1000 per driver

Drivers living within a 50 mile radius of Rochelle, IL will receive an increased pay that will boost pay to $1200 weekly. To qualify for this increased pay, drivers must park their assigned equipment in Rochelle, and commute back and forth in their personal vehicle.

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K & B Operating Area

  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

K&B Transportation, Inc. operates primarily in the upper and lower Midwestern States. Most lanes of traffic operate between Minneapolis, MN on the north, to the Ohio/PA state lines in the east. Texas on the South and Denver to the West.

K&B has occasional runs to the Pacific NW for those drivers based there and occasional east coast runs to the Mid Atlantic and New England states for those who run nationally. This includes a small number of runs to New York City that are dispatched on a volunteer basis.

K & B Company Terminal Locations

K & B Transportation terminal locations
  • South Sioux City, NE

K & B Yearly Revenues

K & B: $142,000,000

Yearly Revenue Comparison

  • J.B. Hunt  $6.16B
    .
  • ODFL  $2.79B
    .
  • Heartland  $582.26M
    .
  • Decker  $151.25M
    .
  • K & B  $142M
    .
  • CalArk  $134.23M
    .
  • G & P  $80M
    .

K & B Yearly Miles

K & B: 78,315,000

Yearly Miles Comparison

  • Swift  1.87B
    .
  • Saia  315.21M
    .
  • Celadon  290M
    .
  • Cowan  150M
    .
  • K & B  78.32M
    .
  • Gypsum  45.33M
    .
  • Oak Harbor  3.89M
    .

K & B Driver Unload Percentage

K & B: 5%

Driver Unload Comparison

  • Trimac  95%
    .
  • Koch  20%
    .
  • Stevens  8%
    .
  • K & B  5%
    .
  • Melton  0%
    .
  • SRT  0%
    .
  • MTS  0%
    .

K & B Drop And Hook Percentage

K & B: 50%

Drop And Hook Comparison

  • Covenant  95%
    .
  • Koch  80%
    .
  • US Xpress  65%
    .
  • Millis  55%
    .
  • K & B  50%
    .
  • Jim Palmer  20%
    .
  • Central  0%
    .

K & B Company Policies

  • K & B Home Time Options

    K & B has the following home time options available:

    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Monthly

    Home Time

    K&B is a family run company and understands the joy of quality home time. The 3 key factors that affect home the are:

    • Where you live
    • How much money you want to make
    • Customer & Shipper needs
  • K & B Rider Policy

    Available passenger insurance at competitive rates, for our year round adult passenger programs.

  • K & B Tuition Reimbursement

    K & B does not offer tuition reimbursement.
  • K & B Pet Policy

    K & B does not allow pets.

K & B Company Equipment

K & B Number Of Trucks

K & B Number Of Trucks:
681 Trucks

Number Of Trucks Comparison

  • Swift  25,685
    .
  • TMC  2,417
    .
  • Eagle  698
    .
  • K & B  681
    .
  • Salmon  520
    .
  • CT  428
    .
  • Lynden  198
    .

K & B Number Of Trailers

K & B Number Of Trailers:
0 Trailers

Number Of Trailers Comparison

  • J.B. Hunt  87,150
    .
  • CalArk  2,200
    .
  • Navajo  1,750
    .
  • Melton  1,600
    .
  • A&R  1,000
    .
  • Wil-Trans  300
    .
  • K & B  0
    .

K & B Governed Speed

K & B Speed:
65 MPH

65
  • MTS  68 mph
    .
  • K & B  65 mph
    .
  • Trimac  65 mph
    .
  • PAM  64 mph
    .
  • Swift  62 mph
    .
  • Wil-Trans  62 mph
    .
  • Schneider  60 mph
    .

K & B Tractor Brands

  • K & B

  • Carter

  • XPO

  • Schneider

  • Schaffer

  • Averitt

  • Maverick

  • Hunt

  • Celadon

  • Ozark

  • Wil-Trans

  • Gypsum

K & B Transmission Types

K & B has standard transmissions

Manual, but starting the transition to autoshifts in 2016

  • Standards
    • SRT
    • MTS
    • Covenant
    • J.B. Hunt
    • Schaffer
    • Prime
  • Automatics
    • Dillon
    • Maverick
    • Watkins Shepard
    • AAA Cooper
    • Averitt
    • Koch
  • Mix Of Both
    • Trimac
    • Jim Palmer
    • Navajo
    • Dart
    • Ozark
    • Wil-Trans

K & B APU Policy

K & B has a mix of trucks, some with APU's and some without

  • APU Equipped
    • Carter
    • Wil-Trans
    • Prime
    • Hirschbach
    • Marten
    • Navajo
  • Without APU's
    • Cowan
    • P&S
    • Dart
    • Gardner
    • Eagle
    • PGT
  • Mix Of Both
    • TMC

K & B Company Training

  • Length Of Training At K & B

    The training at K & B will last approximately 0 weeks.

  • K & B Average Pay During Training

    You will average approximately $0 per week during your training.

  • Solo Versus Team Dispatch During Training

    You are dispatched as a team during training with K & B

  • Solo Versus Team Operation After Training

    At K & B you will run solo after training.

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