Prehires For McElroy And Cypress

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NeeklODN's Comment
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Decisions decisions.....

C T.'s Comment
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From the sounds of your recent post, looks like you're sold on McElroy. Cypress ain't bad either however.

NeeklODN's Comment
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From the sounds of your recent post, looks like you're sold on McElroy. Cypress ain't bad either however.

You may be correct sir. In my own mind I'm still deciding though lol. Trying to force myself to look at everything and take my time before deciding. I'm literally obsessed with the idea of trucking for a living right now. It's like a boyhood dream to drive big trucks. The pay and benefits ain't half bad either though. January can't get here soon enough. Then I can say goodbye to this BS job I've got now.

C T.'s Comment
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When I was in cdl school I was stuck on McElroy basically the entire time. The .46 com they offered at the time was higher than any other company for new drivers. It wasn't until I decided to keep looking that I ended up here, and glad I did. If I recall correctly you were in Florida? That will likely limit your options as you know. I've been in Florida for a few days now miraculously.

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.
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NeeklODN's Comment
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Yeah C.T. I'm out of Pensacola. Which is northwest near the Alabama line. Options are a little more limited but not terrible. There's a May trucking terminal there, old Dominion, saia, south Eastern freight lines etc

I'll be going to school in Milton Florida and they work with like 20 large carriers but I'm looking for regional so that narrows it down quite a bit.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

USMC AAV's Comment
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I have a few friends of mine who drive for McElroy and they all love it. They make it home on weekends, pretty much every weekend all the time. I hear wonderful things about them from all the guys I talk to and they all seem happy. I drive for CT transportation, so we see each other at certain pick up spots. McElroy boasts a 60% pre-loaded and Pre-tarped loads, and they don't lie. I drive for CT with about the same results. The only difference is they get home every weekend and drive mainly manuals (10 speeds) and CT drivers have auto's and get home every two weeks. I have talked to a few of them at McElroy and they say they run about 10 loads a week, mainly 200-400 miles and keep you pretty close to home. McElroy does mainly lumber, wood and construction materials and sometimes does steel. Where-as CT transport does mainly building supplies, bricks and wood products.

Linden R.'s Comment
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For regional , either is great. Cyprus and McElroy are both great companies, and each has their reasons. McElroy has top-notch brand new equipment and great pay, Cyprus has 1-2-year-old 579s and pays a bit under that of McElroy. But, I hear that they really care about their drivers and it's one of the things they're known for. Also some great potential at either. Really comes down to personal preference. But, for you, I'd say go with your gut and do McElroy.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Might check but I’m pretty sure starting rate is .58/mile at McElroy now.

Splitter's Comment
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Might check but I’m pretty sure starting rate is .58/mile at McElroy now.

This is from their website: Here are some other benefits McElroy truck drivers can expect: - .48 to .51 cpm (truck drivers are averaging .60 cpm due to high minimum pay loads) - $2,000 Sign On Bonus-- for experienced truck drivers (Texas bonus $4,000) - Permanently Assigned Late Model Equipment - Paid Holidays/ Vacation Pay - Tuition Reimbursement - $550 to $1,000 Orientation Pay Based on Experience - Training Program for School Graduates - 65% of Loads are Pre-loaded and Pre-tarped - Health, Life, Dental, Vision, Disability, Accident and Critical Illness Insurance Available - 401K Retirement Plan with Matching - Home on Saturday and Sunday!

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

C T.'s Comment
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I think most carriers are bumping their pay because of the elog mandate coming up.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

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