Jim Palmer Trucking?

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Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Well I've been looking at prime a lot and seen that Jim Palmer pulls prime trailers now, and they also offer training to obtain your cdl. I put in my application, talked to the recruiter today she was just going off of everything I know about otr and all that stuff. She said after reviewing my app that she feels I'm a good fit. I won't be able to leave till July, she marked it down for July 18th, she said in June she'll be able to run the background check and all that, I should be fine I have nothing to hide. So this is exciting. Hopefully they're still hiring by then and I can get in.

One thing she did mention was they usually have about 5 students a week. Compared to prime that is a huge difference. Do any of you guys know if it's true? Also are they a decent company to start with. Once solo it's .40 cents a mile and up to .5 cents in fuel bonus.

So would It be better to head to prime or is Jim Palmer a good company to work for? If anyone has info on it that would be cool! Thanks for reading and I can't wait to finally get things rolling.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Joe M.'s Comment
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Jim palmer is owned by prime

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Thought wil-trans owns Jim Palmer and there just contracted with prime? Either way I guess I can't go wrong with prime or Jim Palmer. Just like the idea of a smaller company compared to prime.

Jim palmer is owned by prime

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

G-Town's Comment
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Jim palmer is owned by prime

Jim Palmer Trucking was bought by Wil-Trans in April of 2014. Wil-Trans leases their tractors back to Prime, thus explaining the Jim Palmer tractors under Prime Trailers. Prime does not own Jim Palmer.

My suggestion for the OP is strongly consider Prime for your training. There are numerous Prime success stories on this forum to learn from.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Matt M.'s Comment
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It's true about the much smaller classes, it's a much smaller company.

The one thing I know about Palmer is they run mostly out west. I'll see one in Indiana or Ohio occasionally. With Prime you'll run into the northeast far more often, but I made it to all 48 solo in my first year.

I'm sure either company would be fine, most of the Palmer drivers I've spoken with seem happy enough.

You may feel like a number going into Prime's training program with 80+ other students, but coming out of training I never felt I was treated that way. It's a solid company to work for. I actually got a nice letter mailed to me and $50 for getting top performer of my fleet last month. They treat their drivers well.

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