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Getting Started With Jim Palmer Trucking

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Jim Palmer Trucking was founded over 50 years ago and today is an established operation, with over 500 trucks. The Jim Palmer family of companies also includes O & S Trucking, and Wil-Trans. Each company is run as a separate division, based on shipping lanes, and hauls refrigerated freight almost exclusively.

Jim Palmer Trucking Company Overview

Additionally, Jim Palmer operates their own CDL schools in Missoula, MT, & Springfield, MO. They are family owned and operated, with a rider program, a very liberal pet program, and high starting pay. Drivers will be assigned to a company/division based on their lane preference.

Jim Palmer Trucking Terminal Locations

Jim Palmer Trucking terminal locations
  • Missoula, MT
  • Springfield, MO

Jim Palmer Trucking Company Driver Requirements

  • Must be 23 or older
  • Must have possessed an active Drivers License for 3 years or more
  • Must possess a valid social security card
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or possess an alien registration card
  • Must be able to read, write and speak the English language, in accordance with DOT regulations.
  • Must be able to verify past 3 years of employment history prior to joining CDL program
  • Must pass a DOT physical and controlled substance and alcohol test
  • No DWI, DUI, or reckless driving convictions within the last 5 years
  • Felony convictions will be reviewed

Jim Palmer Trucking Hiring Area And School Locations

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Where do you hire from and what are your no-hire zones?

Jim Palmer hires from all 48 lower states, and will try to fit the driver into whichever shipping lane they prefer.

Where are your schools located?
  • Missoula, MT
  • Springfield, MO

Jim Palmer Trucking Company Advantages

Jim Palmer Trucking Company Advantages
  • Top industry pay.
  • Family owned and operated.
  • Friendly pet and rider policy.
  • Hands on training with a reputable company.
  • Newer equipment both in training and as a company driver.
  • New, updated equipment with APU’S, Inverters and Epicvue satellite system available.

TruckingTruth's View On Jim Palmer Trucking So Far

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As with many smaller companies, new drivers may normally be able to receive more personalized instruction during training with small class sizes. They place a high emphasis on being pet-friendly for those who would like to bring their pets along, and also make the investments in newer, updated equipment.

Items To Bring To Jim Palmer Trucking CDL Training

  • Birth Certificate (Original or Certified Copy with a state seal)
  • Bring any corrective lenses you need, including readers.
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proof of Residency (only for those who reside in Montana)
  • Slip-resistant shoes
  • Note pad for taking notes and doing homework
  • Rain-gear/Jacket
  • Any medications you are currently taking

Items To Bring To Jim Palmer Trucking Training

  • At least 7 day's worth of clothes, a pair of hard-sole shoes, work gloves, jacket.
  • Bedding (pillow and blanket, twin sized sheets if you would like)
  • Towels, washcloths, all other necessary grooming items you may need. A laundry bag is recommended, to store soiled items.
  • Clipboard, pens, calculator, trucker's atlas, battery operated alarm clock.
  • Bring your personal belongings in a soft sided duffel bag, rather than a suitcase if possible.
Do I need to get my CDL permit before attending school?

Jim Palmer provides training, transportation and payment to gain your CDL permit once you arrive for their apprentice program.

Do I need a US Passport?

No, you do not need a U.S. Passport. However, you will be required to provide identification at training and a U.S. Passport may be an acceptable form.

Which CDL endorsements are required or encouraged?

No additional endorsements are required.

TruckingTruth's View On Jim Palmer Trucking's Requirements

Though not required, we always recommend getting a passport. Hauling freight into Canada has become more streamlined, and a passport will give you more options for the future.

The same applies to endorsements. We advise getting all available endorsements up front, which will keep you prepared for future opportunities.

Bring as much paperwork with you as you can, including any medical records or forms which could prove past employment and help with the background investigations. Always be certain that your birth certificate and social security card are ul-laminated originals.

The Cost Structure Of CDL Training With Jim Palmer Trucking

$3,500 CDL training course covered by signing a one year contract with Jim Palmer Trucking.

$200 a week advance for food while in 3 week CDL training course (You pay it back in small $25 week payments once you start earning paychecks.)

No money down, credit check or cost to you – if you opt out before the one year contract you would be responsible for cost of training.

30,000 miles of team driving with trainer after completing 3 week CDL training course. (Pay tiers up .12cpm or $600 weekly whichever is greater and then to .14cpm or $700 weekly whichever is greater.)

Cost Structure Of Jim Palmer Trucking's CDL Training

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What are all of the up-front costs?

There are no upfront costs. Potential CDL holder would need to bring funds to cover food and drink the first week before the $200 week advance begins.

Will my meals be paid for?

Your room comes with a complimentary breakfast and lunch is provided at the terminal.

Will my room be paid for?

The Hotel stay will be paid for during the on-site training portion (week 1).

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