Comments By Mike D.

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Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

Thank you. I actually started training on August 3rd, backing is bit challenging but I'm getting it down.

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Are you still with Millis? If so, what's your opinion after a year?

Thank you

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Haya, Mike D. Not sure if you are addressing this to Kevin, or whom. Grumpy drives for H.O.Wolding and always has; haven't seen Kevin pretty much since that post; sorry!

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Anyway, one of our most recent Millis drivers is Pete E Pothole, and the story of 'how' he got that 'earned' name is in a thread. Here's a link to all his posts:

Pete E Pothole

Also, our longtime driver and moderator, PackRat, drove for Millis for quite some time. I'm not too sure (or know how?) on linking two members...so LOOK UP PackRat (all one name/word) and you'll even see PHOTOS of him w/his Millis truck, AND meeting Pete E Pothole.

Wish you the best; just saving you sometime with the waiting game, as to who's around, and who isn't.

Be safe, good sir.

Anne

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Posted:  1 year, 12 months ago

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6 month update. Good things are happening for me.

Congratulations and keep up the quality work.

Posted:  1 year, 12 months ago

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Prime Flatbed; Springfield, Missouri; Spring 2020

That 45/75 mix up has happened to me, multiple times, and it sucks in a regular four wheel vehicle, an 18 wheeler must be extremely stressful.

Congratulations on passing

August 8, 2020: Final drive to Springfield, Missouri

I take over in Dallas, my least favorite city so far, about 0600. The thing I don’t like about Dallas, is that the interchanges have very short distances to get to the lane you need. Even with trip planning and the GPS telling you what lane you need, you still need to make split second decisions at many of the interchanges. Well, I missed one for Interstate 45 that was to lead me to US 75. Rather than getting off at the next exit, which may have put me on streets where I’d rather not be, I continued on my current Interstate until the GPS rerouted me on major highways.

One last challenge before my TNT ends. I stopped along US 75 at a Pilot to get coffee. As I’m going in, another driver flags me down to let me know that a piece of the dunnage, a 3 X 3 board, had partially worked its way out. The dunnage was at the back of the load, providing significant support, so I didn’t want to remove it completely. But the steel beam where the dunnage had worked itself out had collapsed some, so I couldn’t just slide the dunnage back underneath. Rather, I used another piece of dunnage to pry up the steel beam and slide the 3 X 3 board back underneath. In addition to having slid out, the dunnage had slid to the side as well. So I used the other piece of dunnage to knock the 3 X 3 board over so that it was more even.

After the last little flatbed challenge, I headed out north toward Oklahoma and Interstate 44, my last highway for my entire TNT phase. The excitement of ending TNT grew at each benchmark; getting onto Interstate 44, 100 miles from the Springfield terminal, crossing the state line into Missouri, 60 miles or 1 hour from the terminal, 30 miles or 30 minutes from the terminal, pulling off the interstate, and pulling into inbound at the terminal.

After we get through inbound, I drive over to the “truck transfer area” where Prime has a place where you can park your personal vehicle right next to your truck to unload or load. I get all my stuff off the truck and after a few parting words from my trainer, I’m in my truck with all my stuff and free from Shawshank.

I will have a few more entries to describe the upgrade process and then a few entries on my thoughts about the training process.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Leaving security for trucking. Why? I'll tell ya!

Started on Monday

When do you start?

Posted:  2 years ago

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Leaving security for trucking. Why? I'll tell ya!

Thank you, Peter.

Best of luck to you.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Roehl, Tmc, or Prime for first job

That was a truly impressive synopsis. Thank you.

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Pay is important, of course, but so is home time.

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I just want to interject something into this conversation. I think it's important or I wouldn't be bothering. Having been a part of this forum for many years now, I begin to see things that are brought up frequently. This idea of getting top pay and lots of time at home is something a lot of newbies specify as critical to their decision on a company to start with.

Trucking is an incredibly diverse industry. There are jobs available to meet a really wide set of expectations. It's also an incredibly competitive environment that requires plenty of work, yet yields relatively slim margins. Productivity is key to it's success. That goes for all the people working in this business from the upper level managers to the lowliest of them all, the driver.

As drivers we are the "boots on the ground." We make up the front line in this army. It's critical that we are making great things happen out here. We are relied on heavily, and hyper productive drivers are valued greatly. Anybody can do this job, but any cursory search of the internet concerning trucking jobs and/or companies will reveal that only a few do it well.

I think I'm just wanting to point out how you get to experience top pay and also enjoy the time you desire at home. Those two things don't spring from company policy. They are produced by a driver's ability to be really productive. Now there's a lot to being productive, and much of it is misunderstood. That's why we have such voluminous accounts of truck drivers airing out their complaints online. They don't get the results they want, and they blame their failures on the industry and/or their dispatcher/company.

Anybody wanting to maximize their earnings, and go home when needed, must establish themselves as Top Tier Drivers. That's something that isn't affected by the name of the company emblazoned on your truck.

I see reports all the time of drivers claiming to be treated as slaves because they weren't allowed to go home. Anytime you read something like that you have to read into it something more. What you're probably seeing is a driver who isn't earning a dime for the company and their dispatcher is desperately trying to develop them into someone productive. You aren't seeing a modern day version of life on the plantation.

I was blessed to learn so much in this forum, and quickly realized how to produce results out here. Sometimes I practice things that others don't even attempt, but I'm always angling to be the best I can be at this job. That has resulted in very good treatment by my employers, my dispatchers, and other managers. I can simply make a request for something and they start moving mountains to make it happen. That has nothing to do with the name on my truck. It has everything to do with the way they appreciate having a productive driver on their team.

I'm sorry - I'm making a short story long. I'm bad about that. The bottom line is that to get the things we want out of this career, we must put in the things that are necessary. Don't look to company policies for direction on how to succeed at this career. Look to your own efforts and levels of productivity. Trucking company policies bend and adjust themselves to productive drivers. If you want special treatment it's available, but you'll need to earn it.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Roehl, Tmc, or Prime for first job

Millis as well. They have a terminal in Ohio and give you three days for every two weeks on the road.

Thanks for the replies. I’ll look into those other companies, too. I’ve been thinking about doling this for a long time. I actually joined this site a few years ago and decided to just stay where I was instead. Now I’m just ready to make the change.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Totally New

Wilson Logistics is pretty big in the west.

Thank you, Laura for your great advice

I wish I would have done first but now I am looking for a company to start with no experience

I am sorry for your loss as well.

I found a company that a friend of mine owns. I am going to see him tomorrow. He said he's willing to train me if I can get hired on with them

So wish me luck tomorrow.

Thank

Mark

Posted:  2 years ago

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Is commercial truck driving a civilian career "really hard to beat"?

32 years ago for me, as well.

Where does the time go.

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I'm short in the army at Fort Hood

LOL!! Short. Thanks for the memories!

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I've been out 32 years and still remember being "Short" before going PCS or when I separated.

Laura

Posted:  2 years ago

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Is commercial truck driving a civilian career "really hard to beat"?

I know a young man at Fort Hood who is also considered it.

I'm short in the army at Fort Hood and I'm looking at the possibility of driving as a civilian when I get out. Many people in the service say that lifestyle is hard to beat considering the pay and the relatively little out-of-pocket living expenses. No rent, no electric bills, no doctors bills, no dental bills and three squares a day on top of a basic paycheck which is mostly money to squander away on a nice car, a new Harley-Davidson or whatever. Is driving a Big Rig for a "Big Wig" carrier really a lifestyle that's really tough to beat for a bachelor with no spouse or children when one considers what it potentially pays and how much sweat and knuckle-busting is involved in the employment? One also has to consider how tough the job market really is.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Prime Flatbed; Springfield, Missouri; Spring 2020

Bob Baffert has a colt that they paid $2.5 million for.

Those people have more money than they know what to do with.

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According to Nancy, when the foals are about 2 years they have a veterinarian report done and then sold at auction. One of her foals sold at auction for $900,000.

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I'm in the wrong business.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Millis called me aaannnd...

100%. I am going in with the attitude and desire that I will retire with Millis. Will I? Who knows but I know the longer I work for them and if I don't mess up, I'll get seniority, raises, etc. And where did I learn that?

Here, on TruckingTruth. TMC seemed great but I am in my early 50's and while I don't shirk work, folding an 80 pound tarp in freezing rain isn't as much fun as it would have been 10-20 years ago, so I'm taking this as a blessing and an opportunity, not a disappointment.

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I was a little upset when TMC changed course but I think it turned out for better, for me.

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All major carriers offer fantastic opportunities. They all have outstanding equipment, a strong support structure, powerful financing, and a long list of Fortune 500 customers. People often believe they must find just the right company to work for, but that's not true. An awesome driver will be happy and successful at any major carrier, a lousy driver will be miserable at any major carrier.

Give Millis everything you've got for one full year. See it through. You may eventually decide you want something a little different, so you'll move on. But most of the time a person stays with a company for a full year, they're thrilled right where they're at.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Millis called me aaannnd...

I work in Waco, right now, at least for another week.

I have to tell you, I've researched, I've been in contact with their drivers, I've watched the YouTube videos from their drivers, and the recruiter has been on the up and up with me, I don't see how you could go wrong.

I was a little upset when TMC changed course but I think it turned out for better, for me.

Thanks for the quick reply Mike D. I have my eye on Millis Transfer now that we decided not to move out of Texas when I retire in 2024. Their 3 week vacation after the first year caught my eye when looking at their benefits, I haven't seen that at other trucking companies but I haven't look at them all either. Training terminal being close to Waco, TX is a nice plus too 😎

Posted:  2 years ago

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Millis called me aaannnd...

From what I gathered, and I could be wrong, is that they're constructing a new building in the same place.

I'm curious, are they going to build a new terminal in Burleson or moving to a different location in Texas?

Posted:  2 years ago

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Millis called me aaannnd...

I have masks, hand sanitizer, and a king fu stance to ensure people respect the social distance requirements!

I also just remembered that there is a truck stop right across the road from the terminal with an okay restaurant.

With the COVID craze now, I don't know if it's open for serving food, though.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Millis called me aaannnd...

I honestly feel better about it. I'm trying to wrap up an ugly divorce and getting out of Texas is an actual relief. It should be a nice drive.

AND fewer 100plus degrees days,to boot.

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Richland.

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Burleson was the worst Millis terminal facility when I was there. Not enough room, dusty, hot (Texas), and poorly laid out.

Which terminal in Wisconsin?

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Awesome! That was my favorite terminal, and favorite shop, both.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Millis called me aaannnd...

I don't mind telling you when she immediately put me on the phone with the head of human resources, I thought it was over.

I live in Texas so I was already thinking about the heat at school, so now that's one less thing to worry about.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Millis called me aaannnd...

Richland.

Burleson was the worst Millis terminal facility when I was there. Not enough room, dusty, hot (Texas), and poorly laid out.

Which terminal in Wisconsin?

Posted:  2 years ago

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Millis called me aaannnd...

Told me there was a "problem" and put me on the phone with the human resources director. As I waited to be told there was a reason I was going to be rejected after being accepted, I started thinking about Wilson Logistics.... and then I was told the problem was the training building in Burleson was being torn down and if I wanted to stay on track for the same training date, I'd have to go to Wisconsin.

That's not a "problem" in my book, that's a solution! And I've never been to Milwaukee so it all works out.

It's not like I'm not going to be driving all across the country soon, anyway, right?

I'm loving the adventure.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Mistake on Swift application.

But you keep going back to Swift, you seem offended that they didn't accept you. Why? You want to be a truck driver, make money, and travel the country, right?

Then why do you care about what company's name is on the truck?

Honestly, SWIFT might think you're a horrible candidate but Prime Inc might think you're the cat's pajamas.

Does it matter what company pays you?

After this,I'm not responding to the post because it's not helpful. You're obviously upset that someone doesn't think you're an incredible person and talent.

That doesn't mean you aren't but what it means is that you should find someone who appreciates what you have to offer.

Good luck.

I dont think im fixated at all with Swift, i am trying to work through my problem, so i get it right with the next company. Also just bouncing the idea about fixing with Swift, because its an easy problem to solve.

I did ask several question Turtle actually, finally addressed them. So i had to give a bunch of background info, so that could be misconstrued, its ok, i forgive you, honest mistake.

Part of the confusion i had, was when i said i had 2 dui verbally, did Swift recruiter have that info. Through posting today and reasoning it out, i believe Swift did not have that info. I see now, im not sure when they do a background? I was confused because maybe they had info, that i had 2 DUI. Wracking my brain, i dont, for the life of me remember two.......this is also important moving forward, do i tell the next company irecruiter 2 or 1? I will be telling them 1, i fully know i had 1. I didnt want to get accepted to another Companies school, and halfway through training, find out i had 2, and get sent home. Thats why i was trying to figure out if it a hard hearted Swift employee(hard truth) just gave up on me, or that Swift employee had info i had 2....and was wracking my brain, over it.

But again i now feel confident, that i can move forward.

Yesterday, i spent a lot of time actually gathering paperwork to show 40 years of Self employment, getting my driving record, and anything else needed to back up my words.

Once i do, i think im going to go to the Trucker Truth page, where i can apply for several companies. I dont think Stevens trucking is on that list, they interest me.

I have also decided to call another Recruiter at Swift , i bet i can get an invite from them. Not that i will accept , maybe. Just to show you, i just dont listen to people, telling me move on......without some solid evidence , or reasoning. I messed up a moment, but i have the ability to get another shot , will post that progress.

Tomorrow, investigate cost of my own background.

Thanks for all the encouragement and well wishes , Appreciated.

Bless you.

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