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Tyson Foods Company Profile

Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods was formed in 1931 when a truck driver learned about the profit potential of hauling chickens. As an owner operator, John Tyson repeatedly took loads hauling chickens to maximize revenues. Today, Tyson Foods is a multi-billion dollar company and the largest meat processor in the nation. Currently based out of Springdale, Arkansas, Tyson operates a private trucking fleet of nearly 1,000 trucks and over 2,100 refrigerated trailers carrying approximately 15,500 loads each week. Tyson accepts both experienced drivers as well as drivers who recently graduated from CDL school.

Tyson Foods Terminal Locations

Tyson owns and operates nearly 100 different locations from trucking terminals and distribution centers to processing plants and office locations. Nearly all of these locations are accommodating to trucks and many locations offer amenities such as large cafeterias, showering facilities, shops, scales, and other driver conveniences.

Tyson Foods Minimum Hiring Requirements

  • Must be able to pass a road test
  • Must live in defined hiring area
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule
  • Age 23 or older
  • Must have a valid Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License in the state of residence
  • No suspension for moving violations in the past 5 years
  • Must be able to pass a D.O.T. Physical Examination and Drug Screening as outlined in the D.O.T Regulations
  • Must be at (12) twelve points or less on the Tyson Driver Evaluations System as pertains to Accidents, incidents and moving violations
  • Must not have felony convictions in the last 8 years
  • Must not have a DUI or DWI conviction in a commercial motor vehicle
  • Must not have a DUI or DWI conviction in a personal vehicle in the last (8) eight years or more than (1) one in life time
  • Must have one (1) year or more of verifiable OTR Tractor Trailer driving experience within the last 18 months
  • Have an acceptable driving record
  • Must not have tested positive D.O.T. Drug or Alcohol test in the past (3) three years

Tyson Foods Hiring & Operating Areas

While the Tyson Foods trucking hiring area changes periodically, they typically hire from the following areas:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Operating Area

Tyson Foods operates across the entire United States.

Tyson Foods Driver Training & Freight

Tyson Foods Truck
Company Training Duration

Drivers in training must drive for a minimum of 2 weeks with a company trainer.

Forced To Team After Training?

After training, drivers may choose to either drive a team truck or be issued a truck of their own.

Type Of Freight

About 98% of all Tyson Foods freight consists of their own freight which is usually refrigerated chicken, beef, and pork.

Tyson Foods Driver Pay & Benefits

Driver Pay

During your first week of orientation, you will be paid $350. After that, you will receive a set salary of $400 per week for the duration of company training. Once you go solo, your starting pay is $0.36 per mile. You will then earn $0.39 per mile after 1 year and another $0.01 per mile each year thereafter, toping out at $0.41 per mile. Solo drivers at Tyson Foods average 2,600 miles per week.

In addition to your normal mileage pay, you will earn an additional $0.03 per mile on all single trips less than 500 miles. For single trips less than 250 miles, you'll receive an additional $.06 per mile. Tyson Foods also pays the following:

  • Holiday Pay: Eight paid holidays at $115.00 per holiday
  • Layover Pay: $85.00 after the first 24 hours and not repositioned over 200 miles
  • Unloading Pay: Tyson pays for loading and unloading. Driver may have to locate lumper and get fees approved by dispatch
  • Drop and Pickup Pay: Multi drop loads/pickups are $18.00 on all pickups or drops

After 90 days of employment, drivers become eligible for discounted health, dental, and life insurance benefits. After 1 year of employment, drivers may enroll in a 401k matching retirement program.

Tyson Foods Hurricane Relief Convoy Video

Tyson Foods Policies

  • Rider And Pet Policy

    Pets are not allowed on company equipment.

  • Canada Border Crossing Policy

    You will not be required to cross into Canada.

  • Tuition Reimbursement

    Tuition reimbursement of up to $6,000 is offered to recent truck driving school graduates.

  • Hometime Policy

    Most positions at Tyson Foods are OTR driving jobs which will require you to stay out for 3 to 4 weeks at a time. You will earn 1 day off for every 7 days out.

  • Team Opportunities

    Tyson Foods offers a team driver fleet with team trucks averaging 5,500 miles per week. Starting pay is $0.37 per mile with an increase to $0.42 per mile after one year and another $0.01 increase for the next two years. All paid miles are paid to the truck and are split between the two drivers.

  • New York City Dispatch

    Though rare, drivers may be required to carry freight into, out of, or through NYC. Most freight going into NYC is dropped in the New Holland, PA terminal and are carried in by local drivers.

Tyson Foods Policies

Tyson Foods Truck
Hazardous Materials

A hazardous materials endorsement is not required.

Drop And Hook

Approximately 70% of freight is drop and hook.

Forced Dispatch

Drivers are required to take all load assignments dispatched to them.

Tyson Foods Policies

  • Average Age Of Equipment

    Most trucks are less than 3 years old.

  • Speed Of Trucks

    Trucks are governed at 70mph.

  • Transmission Type

    10 speed manual transmissions are used in the majority of the fleet.

  • APU / Idle Policy

    Trucks are equipped with APU's and power inverters.

  • Electronic / Paper Logs

    While paper logs are still used, the industry is moving towards paperless logs and as such, Tyson Foods is experimenting with switching entirely to e-logs.

  • Local / Regional / Dedicated Opportunities

    While limited, some local, dedicated, and regional opportunities exist. However, the majority of Tyson Foods drivers are in the OTR division.

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