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  • Location:
    Graham, WA

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    Experienced Driver

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    4 months, 1 week ago

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

I don't have a distribution center within a reasonable distance to me. My closest one is 200 miles away. Good old Grandview, which is controlled by Swift. Next closest is Hermiston, which is around 275 miles away from me. My closest Wal-Mart store has no room to park a truck. The next closest store is crime central. I refuse to go near it. I have a friend that drives for the private fleet out of Apple Valley, CA. The last time I had looked, the closest distribution center that was hiring was Red Bluff, which is 600 miles from me. I do know the Sparks one is hiring big time. The private fleet is taking it away from Swift.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

I see there are a couple people on this thread that work for Wil-Trans/Jim Palmer/Wilson. I figured this might be a safe place to ask a couple basic questions. I'm planning on coming on board mid-July. I'm currently on worker's comp and that's when I'm expecting to finally be released to work again. I'm leaning towards doing the western 11 thing. I'm actually looking seriously at leasing. I know people say leasing never works, but I successfully leased before and had my own authority for a while. I know the leasing game well. That said, I'm mostly interested in how orientation and everything on that works. I'll be doing orientation in Missoula, as I live about 20 miles away from Wilson's Pacific, WA terminal. Which hotel do they use? What are the typical days of orientation and what is it like? How do they go about assigning the truck? What kinds of things should I be prepared for?

Now I'll basically give an overview of my resume. I've been driving since 2002. I've worked for Schneider, Stevens, a small company (five trucks), JCT, had my own company for a while, and for the last three years I've driven for Estenson Logistics. Most of that time I was a local driver. From July until I got hurt on January I had what to me was the ultimate dedicated run. My first run was to Missoula/Great Falls/Butte and back home empty. My second run was eastern Washington/northeastern Oregon/northern Idaho. I consistently pushed towards the edge of my 70 every week, but had two days off. It was 2400 miles a week with up to 40 stops. My gross pay was bumping $1800 weekly. Estenson lost the contract in March (after I got hurt) so my position no longer exists. My injury is going to permanently reduce my ability to do some things. I ruptured my biceps tendon in my left arm and it can't be repaired. Most of the local jobs I can pick up at this point are either driver unload and/or very low pay. I don't want to go back to spending 3-4 months at a time on the road. I don't expect to bring in the kind of money I was making, but I need to be comfortable while making what I need to make with the ability to run the crap out of my clock when I want. Everything I have read says Wilson fills the bill. I had considered running PNW heavy haul. (As you can see in my profile pic, I'm familiar with running 105,500.) It just doesn't seem like quite enough flexibility, the trucks are stripped down and older, and I don't need to be home every weekend. I've been enjoying reading the blogs and would love every bit of insight into the company possible. Thanks guys!

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