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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Fed-up With the Trucking Industry

Ahh. so very similar in nature to say.. Sysco Foods or any number of restaurant supply companies.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Fed-up With the Trucking Industry

Explain to this neophyte what a "dollar account' is, please :)

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Newbie Here! Best advice for a woman thinking of jumping in...

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Newark? Sound correct?? NEWARK!! We used to deliver asphalt off 13 .. in NEWARK!

Ding, ding, ding we have a winner. PCA in Newark, I would have given extra credit for adding Door #1. First time there I had to go down that narrow lane on top of the tracks through the extremely crowded back lot come back around the building and then pull up that alley way and back across traffic to drop in door one. Even with a day cab you are blocking 3/4 of the road. Office lady's comment was "People are used to it."

Was there a month or so ago on a Sunday doing a drop and hook when they were closed. You have to go in through the exit and I had to move 2 FAB trailers in order to get to my empty.

I have also seen FAB trailers at Buckeye on Long Ave in Wooster and I think Skybox in Mansfield.

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Skybox... heh

In my early 20's.. I used to work right down the road from there at Newman Technologies.

Feels like a lifetime ago.

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Husband was born @ Mansfield General / Med Central~!!

Brandie...what'sup? My daughter started at NEWMAN TECH.. her first job; on a cross career thingie... wow! Now, she's a machinist/CNC lathe runner, at PR Machinery (IN MANSFIELD!) and in the USAF reserves. (No grandkids, tho.... sheesh..)

Greg M .. .WHAT'S YOUR TRUCK ### >>>?? Heading there tmrw! Meet you on the tracks??

~ Anne & Tom !! ~

Best wishes, O/P and all..

PS: TAMMIE.. what's up?????

My 23 year old was born at Medcentral (Mansfield General)-- and literally gave me grandchild number 4 on Monday!! My sister and her husband still live in Mansfield and both graduated from Sr. High (T-Y for Tigers :D) Niece and Nephew went to Madison Comp. Spent several years in Mansfield-- but moved a smidgen south to get out of that lake effect snow!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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So.. talked with a recruiter from Prime today.. been told to get my permit then call back and she'll get me scheduled.

So I guess you can say that I'm a Prime Candidate.

YEAAHHHHHHHHHHHH

:D

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Skybox... heh

In my early 20's.. I used to work right down the road from there at Newman Technologies.

Feels like a lifetime ago.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Re: Your exempted (or non?) intrastate.... I know you are running part time USPS . . . but if that ever becomes 'lacking' for what you need, please feel free to either email me for #'s, or just 'look into' FAB Express. They've been REALLY good to my guy (and Don on here, who started with CFI) for quite some time.

Thanks Anne. I've gotten kind of spoiled. I don't want to work too much and I expect to get paid a lot when I do. The mail gig is on call. I've told them they can call me whenever they like, expect me to say no but I might say yes. Last week I worked for them Thur, Fri, Sat and Sunday so my friend there could have off to go the the Dirt Track stock car races in Florence, KY. Three trips each day back and worth from Sharonville, Oh to Dayton, Oh. About 80 miles each trip, took less than 8 hours and was paid $300/day.

Regular part time job is 3 days week hauling cardboard to various places NE of Cincinnati then picking up a backhaul of paper rolls from the Greif mill in Massilon, Ohio.

I am thinking about taking off from both jobs for a few months to work harvest season for the farm I worked for last year because it was a lot of fun. Last year I drove under farm exemption but now that I have a valid intrastate cdl again I can do more for them.

Speaking of FAB ask your husband if he knows where these pictures were taken.

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Greg;

Hahaha! He's right here, looking with me.. Karate / DoJo place? 21st and Bart? (Jump street?) Box company that he hauls to, in Newark. Might be an Int'l Paper/Mt. Vernon.

Newark? Sound correct?? NEWARK!! We used to deliver asphalt off 13 .. in NEWARK!

You should text him when you are in the area!! Email me for # ... lol ~! His truck # atm is 1212 ... and then back to 2010 when radiator is fixed.

He says the lane goes all the way down across the train tracks, and you stop across the tracks to get your ppwk. He parks his empties way out back.

Brandie, sorry to hijack!

~ Anne & Tom! ~

All good! Used to live in that half of the state.. my daughter was actually born in Mansfield.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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I'm about as close as you are to Trenton-- I'm in Camp Washington. So-- factoring in that I have a straight shot and your had to deal with the loop.. its probably about the same.

They were the first company that I heard back from-- and the first that I submitted a full application to. Haven't heard back since-- but I'm going to give them a call on Monday and see what I can see.

Taking the CDL class on my own may be my act of last resort-- because I DO see where others are coming from in the difference between a company having "skin in the game" or not. My preference is to start out OTR and then maybe transition into regional down the road as I get older.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Oh heck.. I meant next February-- I'm sorry you're stuck in the IRS hellscape... I've been lucky and I generally get mine back no later than March.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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I may be waiting for taxes as well.. for a twofold reason...

1. Money for the fam while I'm gone and

2. While my job history for 2021 and 2020 is stellar.... 2019 was a super bad year. I was trying to hold on to a 20 year career that was falling apart, and then my spouse got sick-- so my work history for that year is nightmare fuel. It has already resulted in one "Can't do it until next year" (no more than 5 jobs in 3 years-- and 2019 pushes me over the edge with them).

The money for the fam part could resolve before tax season-- but if I get another company wanting me to hold off because of 2019.. well... I guess I will hold off.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Even though I haven't started training yet myself, the biggest pitfall I see with this is the fact that when you hire on with a company with your CDL in hand, the company doesn't have a penny invested in you. Have an accident? There's the door, the company has no financial stake in keeping you. Can't make your pickups or deliveries on time? There's the door. The company isn't out anything by letting you go. On the other hand, with company paid training, they have an investment in you. They are more inclined to overlook certain things in order to get a return on their investment.

Fair enough.. I'm just trying to figure out the best path and its so hard to wait once you've figured out what you want to do!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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No disrespect Brandie, but that plan may be a little short-sighted. Your plan involves potentially more risk, both long term professionally and financially.

Company paid training is also free, provided you hold up your end of the deal. You simply have to cover a little upfront investment by saving enough ahead of time to cover your expenses for a very short period. The return on your investment will come on the back end, in the form of greater training and support from your company.

I strongly urge you to read this before making that decision:

Why I prefer paid CDL training over private CDL training

Ok-- I get what you are saying... but in my case, if I went this route, the CDL training would be free to me (its a local program for people below certain income levels)-- then with CDL in hand, I could still apply to Prime or one of the others and still get the 30k miles or whatever each individual company requires with a trainer.

I'd never consider this route if I were having to pay out of pocket-- its just not financially feasible. Can you tell me what pitfalls you see with this? I'm sincere in asking because I'm too new to this side of things to potentially see where the problems lay...

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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So... plot twist!!

Was informed by someone local that I qualify for a program that will cover the cost of me getting my license... so I could get my Class A here at home.. for free-- and then sign on with someone-- which means I don't have to lose income!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Thanks for the insight on Wilson-- I did read your diary and I'm so glad you got everything worked out even with that 2 trainer issue. I'm pretty sure if they brought me on-- I'd be going to Springfield based on my location (assuming it's based on your home location-- you're from AZ if I remember right.) The only one of my 3 where I'm not sure where I'd go for training would be Prime-- I'm literally 8.5 hours from Pittston and 8.5 hours from Springmo.

Yeah-- I've been binge watching Kearsey the past couple of weeks. And yeah-- my kiddo essentially finished out his high school career via homeschool-- they went back 5 weeks before graduation, and with him a senior-- he only went 2 of those 5.

I'll check into Knight-- I think they haven't pinged my radar because they never responded to my mass application drop.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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As of right now:

Wilson Veriha Prime CRST

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Keep in mind CRST is 100% team driving.

Yeah.. CRST is the choice of last resort with me because of that. If they are who ultimately takes me-- so be it, I'll suck it up and ride out the contract...

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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As of right now:

Wilson Veriha Prime CRST

Also got an email from MAST-- but I'm a little too far outside their 2hr radius requirement.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Ack-- can't edit posts....

Adding-- in my particular case-- as long as I can squirrel away the money to cover my bills that first month-- I'll be fine. I own my house free and clear and my debt load is fairly low.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Ok-- so one more question... and I think this one is the most important of them all.

I'm gonna start off by saying, I don't care much about company pay, etc. I figure the first year-- my main mission is just to learn the job and get as good as I can at what I'm doing-- the money comes with knowledge.

So having said that-- are there any company sponsored training programs that you experts here think are better compared to others? Any programs that a rookie with little to no experience in anything larger than a minivan should stay away from? (I've heard that Roehl is pretty ruthless with their quickness to cut rookies that aren't catching on fast).

Really-- with everything else I've been able to glean from relentlessly reading this board-- I think this is the last important question in me deciding which way to go.

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Brandie, I can only speak about Schneider training. I believe that it was top notch. But when you are new, you are a beggar not a chooser. Get on with a big company with a training program. You are right, just take what you are offered and go with it.

There are two of you here. You and Tammy. Both of you have my respect, but I wonder about your ability to follow through. How about your children? When I was young, I didn't get any help from my parents because they were unable to provide any. Instead, I helped my parents financially until their deaths. How about your children? Are they able to help you pursue your dream?

I had kids young-- the "baby" of the family is 17 and leaving for college in a week. Two of my kids are married and have kids of their own.. and the last remaining one is living with his significant other.

I've wanted to do this for quite some time-- but held off because of the kiddos. Now-- that's not a concern.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Ok-- so one more question... and I think this one is the most important of them all.

I'm gonna start off by saying, I don't care much about company pay, etc. I figure the first year-- my main mission is just to learn the job and get as good as I can at what I'm doing-- the money comes with knowledge.

So having said that-- are there any company sponsored training programs that you experts here think are better compared to others? Any programs that a rookie with little to no experience in anything larger than a minivan should stay away from? (I've heard that Roehl is pretty ruthless with their quickness to cut rookies that aren't catching on fast).

Really-- with everything else I've been able to glean from relentlessly reading this board-- I think this is the last important question in me deciding which way to go.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Yep. Read that diary last night!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Timeline largely depends on how quickly I can squirrel away enough money to cover my butt while I'm in school. If I can pull it off-- I'd love to head out by October 1 so that I can get some road time in before the holidays. Otherwise, I'll likely wait until February (tax time.. extra money in the bank no matter what).

I'm still leaning heavily towards Prime at this point....

I submitted the form here on this site and have communicated via email with a couple of companies-- explaining that I may be a couple months out at this point and everyone has been quite pleasant.

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