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Decker Truck Line Inc. Company Review

Decker Truck Line Inc.

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In 1931, 17 year old Loren Decker and his younger brother Dale started Decker Truck Line with a single Model B Ford truck, in the days when no driver's license was required. Service in the early days involved the transportation of canned goods, plumbing fixtures, gypsum products and windmills between Iowa and the adjacent states.

In 1945 after earning a Purple Heart in the Marine Corps, Dale Decker rejoined his brother Loren in the business. Decker enjoyed a steady yet moderate growth as it continued to concentrate its operations in the Midwestern states transporting primarily construction materials, iron, steel articles and food products.

In 1976, Loren retired and sold his interest in the company to Dale and Dale's two sons, Don and Duane Decker. In the ten years that followed, Decker's revenues increased tenfold, and its operations extended to a nationwide system of carrying all types of products under both its nationwide common and contract carrier authority.

Decker Truck Line Inc. Corporate Headquarters

Map of Decker corporate headquarters
4000 Fifth Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: 1-800-247-2537
Website: Decker Truck Line Inc.

Getting Hired At Decker Truck Line Inc.

Minimum Hiring Qualifications

  • Must be at least 23 years of age (Recent CDL graduates from our approved schools are considered but must be a minimum of 21 years of age)
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year verifiable of OTR tractor-trailer driving experience or 100,000+ miles of experience (drivers with a minimum of 3 months OTR experience but less than 1 year (or CDL graduates from our approved schools) will be considered but required to go with a trainer.
  • Must possess a valid CDL in the state of residence
  • No more than two moving violations in the past twelve months; no more than four in the past three years
  • No DWI violations in the past 3 years
  • No Serious Moving Violations in the past 3 years
  • No Preventable, DOT-recordable accidents in the past three years
  • No Drug or Alcohol Violations in the past three years (per 49 CFR Part 40)
  • Has an acceptable history of roadside inspections over the past three years, citations/warnings over the past three years, and crashes over the past five years.
  • Must have a stable job history over the past ten years
  • Must maintain a neat, clean cut image of a professional truck driver
  • Must express and conduct self in a positive manner
  • Must meet or exceed all requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
  • Note: Upon Review, and at the company?s sole discretion, selected applicants may be considered on a probationary basis
  • Hiring Drivers With Felonies

    No information at this time
  • Hiring Drivers With A DUI

    Decker does not allow any DUI's
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Decker Hiring Area

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Minimum Age For Decker Truck Line Inc.

Decker Minimum Age:
21 Years Old

Minimum Age Comparison

  • Salmon 25  
    .
  • Jim Palmer 23  
    .
  • Celadon 22  
    .
  • USA Truck 21  
    .
  • Roehl 21  
    .
  • Swift 21  
    .
  • Decker 21  
    .

Minimum Experience Required For Decker Truck Line Inc.

Decker Minimum Experience:
3 Months

Minimum Experience Comparison (Months)

  • AAA Cooper  24  
    .
  • Dart  6  
    .
  • Decker  3  
    .
  • XPO  3  
    .
  •  Western Express
    No Experience Required
  •  Werner
    No Experience Required
  •  Swift
    No Experience Required

Decker Truck Line Inc. Driver Pay

Midwest Reefer:

  • Starting pay $.40 - $.42 per mile, depending on experience. Includes $.08 per mile per diem.
  • Increase in Pay $.01 per mile paid annually on anniversary date with a cap at $.47 per mile.
  • Short Haul Pay - Base mileage pay will be increased according to the following graduated scale for loaded miles less than 400 miles in length. In order to qualify for the additional mileage pay, the total loaded miles must fit the below scale, split loads will not qualify:
    • 0-100: $.20
    • 101-150: $.15
    • 151-200: $.12
    • 201-250: $.09
    • 251-300: $.06
    • 301-350: $.03
    • 351-400: $.02
  • East Coast Pay - loads delivering East of I-81 (origins W. of MS River) - $50.00 - loads delivering East of I-81 (all other origins) – $25.00
  • Stop Pay (excluding load origin and final delivery) - $15.00 for each additional pickup or delivery.
  • HazMat Pay - An additional $50.00 per load will be paid on all placarded HazMat loads.
  • Trailer Washout Pay - $10.00 for an authorized vendor washout, or a driver will receive $15.00 for a "self trailer washout".
  • Detention Pay – $15.00 an hour when billed – maximum of $150.00.
  • Layover Pay - after 24 hours of layover, at no fault of the driver, driver qualifies for $60.00 layover pay. Subsequent 24-hour periods of layover, driver qualifies for an additional $100.00. Layover pay is subject to Operation's discretion and can be adjusted under special circumstances.

Western Reefer:

Starting Pay Range $.35 - $.37 per mile - includes $.08 per mile per diem.

Short Haul Pay, East Coast Pay, Layover Pay, Detention and Hazmat pay: Same as Midwest Reefer

Trailer Washout Pay - $10.00 for an authorized vendor washout, or a driver will receive $15.00 for a "self trailer washout".

Midwest and Southern Flatbed:

  • Starting Pay Range $.43 - $.45 per mile - includes $.08 per mile per diem.
  • Increase in Pay – 1’ per mile paid annually on anniversary date with a cap at $.50 per mile
  • Stop Pay (excluding load origin and final delivery) - $25.00 for each additional pickup or delivery; loads out of USG in Cloquet, MN & Walworth, WI pay $40 for each additional stop
  • Over Dimensional Loads – when hauling over dimensional loads, drivers will be paid an additional 5 cents per loaded mile
  • All loads including building material and steel tarp and securement pay - tarp pay forsystem flatbed drivers for all loads will be $20.00
  • Chicago Cross Town Loads – $40 plus mileage
  • Short haul pay for loads less than 75 miles - $20 if driver takes empty trailer to loadorigin, tarps and secures load; $20 if driver delivers load to final destination and removestarps and securement
  • Job Site Deliveries – $20 for each load that is delivered to a job site and the customer is billed specifically for this service.
  • East Coast Pay: loads delivering East of I-81, (origins W. of MS River) - $50.00, loads delivering East of I-81, but North of Virginia (all other origins) – $25.00
  • Side Kit Pay – Central Steel & Wire Chicago-Altoona $70
  • HazMat Pay - An additional $85.00 per load will be paid on all placarded HazMat loads
  • Detention Pay – $15.00 an hour when billed – maximum of $150.00
  • Layover Pay - after 24 hours of layover, at no fault of the driver, driver qualifies for $60.00 layover pay. Subsequent 24-hour periods of layover, driver qualifies for an additional $100.00. Layover pay is subject to Operation’s discretion and can be adjusted under special circumstances.

Western Flatbed:

Same as Midwest Flatbed, except for the following:

Starting Pay Range $.35 – $.37 per mile – includes $.08 per mile per diem.

Increase in Pay – 1’ per mile paid annually on anniversary date with a cap at $.42 per mile

All loads that are not steel and iron, or have not been preloaded by a loading service will be paid $10 for securement and tarping

Fort Dodge Short Haul:

  • Starting Pay – $.41 per mile – no per diem.
  • Base pay is increased 1 cent per mile annually on anniversary date with cap at $.44 per mile.
  • Drivers pulling placarded HazMat loads will be paid an additional $85.00 per load.
  • Stop pay (excluding load origin and final delivery): $25.00
  • Driver takes empty trailer to load origin, tarps and secures the load: $25.00
  • Driver delivers load to final destination and removes securement and tarps: $25.00
  • Loads originating at USG East Chicago, IN: $20.00

Teams:

  • .42 cpm base pay: 0-12,000 miles per month. (.21 cpm each driver includes .04 per diem)
  • .44 cpm 12-14,000 miles per month. (.22 cpm each driver includes .04 per diem)
  • .46 cpm 14-16,000 miles per month. (.23 cpm each driver includes .04 per diem)
  • .48 cpm 16-18,000 miles per month. (.24 cpm each driver includes .04 per diem)
  • .50 cpm 18,000 + miles per month. (.25 cpm each driver includes .04 per diem)

Decker Truck Line Inc. Per Diem Pay

For positions that include per diem, the rate is $.08 per mile.

Decker Starting Pay For Solo Drivers

Decker Starting Pay For Solo Drivers:
35 cpm

Decker requires 3 months experience

Solo Starting Pay Comparison

  • Marten  49 cpm  
    .
  • Dart  40 cpm  
    .
  • Melton  40 cpm  
    .
  • Averitt  37 cpm  
    .
  • Decker  35 cpm  
    .
  • Carter   32.5 cpm  
    .
  • SRT  29 cpm  
    .

Decker Starting Pay For Team Drivers

Decker Starting Pay For Team Drivers:
42 cpm

Decker requires 3 months experience

Team Starting Pay Comparison

  • Waggoners  67 cpm  
    .
  • XPO  46 cpm  
    .
  • CalArk  43 cpm  
    .
  • Koch  42 cpm  
    .
  • Decker  42 cpm  
    .
  • Trimac  40 cpm  
    .
  • CRST  33 cpm  
    .

Decker Truck Line Inc. Driver Benefits

Benifits & Paid Vacation:

For Company Drivers we offer a complete benefit package. Benefits include:

After 90 Days of Employment:

  • Disability Insurance (short term and long term)
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Cancer Insurance
  • 401K Retirement Plan
  • Flex Benefits Plan
  • Life Insurance (basic coverage at no charge; supplemental available at cost)

Vacation Time After One Year of Employment:

  • 1 year = 1 week and annually thereafter
  • 2 years = 2 weeks and annually thereafter
  • 10 years = 3 weeks and annually thereafter

Vacation: one week after one year of service and annually thereafter; two weeks after three years of service and annually thereafter; three weeks after ten years of service and annually thereafter.

In Addition, Decker offers:

  • Transportation and lodging for orientation
  • PrePass Plus for tolls and scales
  • Rider program
  • Weekly payroll and direct deposit
  • TripPak Express

Decker Truck Line Inc. Operations

Driving Opportunities At Decker Truck Line Inc.

Driver Types:

  • Solo
  • Teams
  • OwnOp - Lease

Freight Types:

  • Dry Van
  • Flatbed
  • Refrigerated

Route Types:

  • Local
  • Regional
  • OTR
  • Dedicated

Decker Truck Line Inc.'s Driving Opportunities In Detail

  • Midwest Reefer: Midwest to Canada, Southeast and South Central United States, with average length of haul of 600 miles. Home every 10-14 days, with some drivers getting home weekly, depending on their home location.
  • Midwest Flatbed: Majority of loads are steel and wallboard hauled throughout the Central Midwestern states with average length of a haul of 400 miles. Home almost every weekend and most major holidays.
  • Western Reefer: The only true OTR division Decker runs, running 48 states. More than 70% of the runs are west of Ohio. Flexible, reliable home time.
  • Western Flatbed: Western Flatbed Division is considered OTR, but primarily runs between the Northwest and the Midwest.
  • Southern Flatbed: Majority of loads are steel and building products hauled throughout the southern states, with average length of haul of 400 miles. Most drivers are home three out of four weekends a month
  • Fort Dodge Short Haul: The majority of loads are wallboard and hauled within a 350 mile radius. Backhauls from time to time which drivers are compensated for. Drivers are home daily and every weekend.
  • Teams: Most teams are in a mix of dedicated freight with consistent and steady miles.
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Decker Operating Area

Decker operates all 48 contiguous states

Decker Company Terminal Locations

Decker Truck Line Inc. terminal locations
  • Fort Dodge, IA
  • Le Mars, IA
  • Missoula, MT
  • Bessemer, AL
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Hammond, IN
  • Mediapolis, IA
  • Davenport, IA

Decker Yearly Revenues

Decker: $151,250,000

Yearly Revenue Comparison

  • J.B. Hunt  $6.16B
    .
  • CR England  $1.5B
    .
  • NFI  $1.09B
    .
  • A. Duie Pyle  $293M
    .
  • Central  $180M
    .
  • Decker  $151.25M
    .
  • G & P  $80M
    .

Decker Yearly Miles

Decker: 78,090,595

Yearly Miles Comparison

  • Swift  1.87B
    .
  • MVT  169.45M
    .
  • Super Service  116.09M
    .
  • SRT  114.59M
    .
  • Decker  78.09M
    .
  • CTL  22.08M
    .
  • Oak Harbor  3.89M
    .

Decker Company Policies

  • Decker Home Time Options

    Decker has the following home time options available:

    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Monthly

    Depending on the position, Decker offers routes that will get drivers home daily, weekly, or every 10-14 days.

  • Decker Rider Policy

    Decker does not allow anyone to ride along.
  • Decker Tuition Reimbursement

    Decker does not offer tuition reimbursement.
  • Decker Pet Policy

    Decker does not allow pets.

Decker Company Equipment

Decker Number Of Trucks

Decker Number Of Trucks:
745 Trucks

Number Of Trucks Comparison

  • Swift  25,685
    .
  • USA Truck  2,649
    .
  • Maverick  1,200
    .
  • Paschall  950
    .
  • Central  923
    .
  • Decker  745
    .
  • Lynden  198
    .

Decker Number Of Trailers

Decker Number Of Trailers:
1,164 Trailers

Number Of Trailers Comparison

  • J.B. Hunt  87,150
    .
  • Estes  24,592
    .
  • Knight  8,800
    .
  • NFI  8,200
    .
  • KLLM  2,400
    .
  • Decker  1,164
    .
  • Wil-Trans  300
    .

Decker Governed Speed

Decker Speed:
0 MPH

0
  • MTS  68 mph
    .
  • Carter  68 mph
    .
  • Millis  66 mph
    .
  • Covenant  65 mph
    .
  • Prime  62 mph
    .
  • Schneider  60 mph
    .
  • Decker  0 mph
    .

Decker Tractor Brands

  • Decker

  • CT

  • Gypsum

  • MTS

  • J.B. Hunt

  • Interstate

  • USA Truck

  • A&R

  • Eagle

  • Cowan

  • Hirschbach

  • Dart

Decker Transmission Types

Decker has standard transmissions

  • Standards
    • J.B. Hunt
    • Schaffer
    • SRT
    • May
    • Crete
    • K & B
  • Automatics
    • Koch
    • Maverick
    • Carter
    • Averitt
    • Dillon
    • AAA Cooper
  • Mix Of Both
    • XPO
    • Schneider
    • Millis
    • TMC
    • Dart
    • Navajo

Decker APU Policy

Decker has trucks equipped with APU's

  • APU Equipped
    • Celadon
    • Trimac
    • Hirschbach
    • Maverick
    • Koch
    • Wil-Trans
  • Without APU's
    • Rush
    • Transport America
    • Central
    • Super Service
    • G & P
    • Werner
  • Mix Of Both
    • TMC
    • K & B

Decker Company Training

  • Length Of Training At Decker

    The training at Decker will last approximately 0 weeks.

  • Decker 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 Decker

  • Solo Versus Team Operation After Training

    At Decker you will run solo after training.

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