Driver Staffing Companies - Have You Guys Heard Of This?

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Let me say first off that this is not a paid advertising of any sort. I've never spoken with this company and I never heard of them until about 20 minutes ago. I'm just wondering if any of you have looked into this kind of opportunity? The concept makes perfect sense. These guys are a driver staffing company. It seems trucking companies (or anyone, I guess) can call them for overflow work, contract work, and things of that nature.

What would be cool as a driver is that you have the opportunity for a variety of assignments. You might find local work, dedicated runs, or do work for a private fleet. You could probably change assignments pretty regularly. It would kinda be like having the opportunity to work for all different companies. And I'm sure your experience and reputation would earn you better opportunities over time.

I never looked into this kind of thing but it seems pretty cool. Their name is Transforce and that's a link to their website. Here's one of their videos:

Transforce Video

Established in 1991, TransForce is the nation’s leading specialty staffing firm devoted exclusively to the transportation industry. We provide commercial truck drivers to motor carriers through our nationwide offices.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Never heard of Transforce, but I am aware of other "staffing" type companies that try to match drivers with companies on a more "permanent" basis.

Dave

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Never heard of Transforce, but I am aware of other "staffing" type companies that try to match drivers with companies on a more "permanent" basis.

Dave

Yeah, I know what you're talking about. LIke a recruiter. Like back in the day there was a company called 1-800-DRIVERS and you'd just call them, tell em what you were looking for in a company, and they would give you a list of companies that matched your criteria. You would then apply normally.

But this Transforce company hires its own drivers and basically contracts them out to other trucking companies and I would assume manufacturers, retailers, and the like. I don't know for sure. But you would actually work for Transforce and be assigned to different assignments.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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The companies I'm talking about send your name out to the companies, and they call you. Of course, if you have a smart phone, "there's an app, for that."

Dave

Susan D. 's Comment
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I actually have heard of transforce, as they advertise heavily in my area and had considered registering with them too after I get my cdl. It seems very similar to temping or contracting and makes excellent business sense. It keeps you busy and makes taxes easier not having to deal with a zillion 1099s and simply get one w2 from your staffing agency.

Contracting... because some of us have always had the itch to be on the move lol. I get restless if I'm in one place too long, so my new trucking endeavor is my current cure and I can't wait to get started.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Alex D.'s Comment
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I worked for a driver leasing company for 6 years, not sure if its the same thing your talking about. best job and money ive made trucking. Shame the company was bought out by another company, 74 drivers lost their jobs that day.

ATXJEHU's Comment
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I had a couple of phone conversations with the TransForce office here in the Dallas area. It sounded tempting. You work for them as an hourly paid employee. It gives a driver the flexibility of changing to different companies without looking like a job hopper. I landed my present gig before deciding to go with TransForce. I would definitely consider them if and when my present job ends.

Susan D. 's Comment
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What I'm most curious about is who their clients are and since I'm not experienced, would they consider me and if so, what about company specific training? I wonder if it's to get drivers for accounts from hell lol.. like dollar general etc.. yup that would be a nightmare for me personally.

I do know that back in the day (15+ years ago) better paying companies highly frowned on job hoppers and wouldn't hire them. JB Hunt, fedex, etc. comes to mind.

Andy F.'s Comment
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Not sure if it was Transforce, bit I have spoken to a couple of other companies that do this same thing. They are like a temp service for drivers I believe. However, they do require at least a year of driving experience. At least the ones I talked with do.

ATXJEHU's Comment
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I had a couple of phone conversations with the TransForce office here in the Dallas area. It sounded tempting. You work for them as an hourly paid employee. It gives a driver the flexibility of changing to different companies without looking like a job hopper. I landed my present gig before deciding to go with TransForce. I would definitely consider them if and when my present job ends.

They didn't tell me the names of the companies that "hired/leased" their drivers, but they had half dozen or so choices. The aspect that attracted me was, if you didn't like a particular gig, you could change to another one they had available without any negative ramifications whatsoever. For example, one job available at that time was a daily, M-F, night run from Dallas to Houston and back, dry van , drop and hook , no touch. It paid $17.00 an hour with overtime after 40 hours and was usually a 50 hour work week for a gross of $935.00. Not the best paying job out there, but it would suit some drivers just fine due to its flexibility and having off weekends.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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