Trucking Companies In The South

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I've been used to running for a small to medium sized company for so long you get used to the mentality.

To be honest, I think you've convinced yourself of something that doesn't exist. There's no such thing as a "medium size company mentality." You're aware of the size of the company in your mind, but otherwise you're out there on the road driving a truck by yourself and you're primarily dealing with one dispatcher , right? Whether the company has 10 trucks or 10,000 trucks that's going to be the case.

After I had 10 years and almost a million miles in trucking I could've worked for any company in the nation. I chose US Xpress because they had beautiful equipment, a large variety of opportunities, strong finances behind them, and a ton of perks.

I've worked for every size company imaginable, from 11 trucks to over 5,000 trucks and I can't think of a single advantage there is to working for a small company.

Here is a podcast I did that will give you a better idea of my thoughts on the matter:

Episode 9: Are Major Carriers Nothing More Than Starter Companies?

I'm not trying to convince you to go work for one of the majors. I just think you have this bias against them that shouldn't be there. If you find a company that seems perfect then go for it, regardless of their size. I just think you're missing out on a ton of great opportunities by excluding the majors. Don't fall for that "starter company" baloney you hear out there.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
USMC AAV's Comment
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Brett, I listened to this Podcast a few hours ago and am re-listening to it now. Really got me to thinking in a different way about the difference between carriers and sizes. Thanks :)

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I've been used to running for a small to medium sized company for so long you get used to the mentality.

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To be honest, I think you've convinced yourself of something that doesn't exist. There's no such thing as a "medium size company mentality." You're aware of the size of the company in your mind, but otherwise you're out there on the road driving a truck by yourself and you're primarily dealing with one dispatcher , right? Whether the company has 10 trucks or 10,000 trucks that's going to be the case.

After I had 10 years and almost a million miles in trucking I could've worked for any company in the nation. I chose US Xpress because they had beautiful equipment, a large variety of opportunities, strong finances behind them, and a ton of perks.

I've worked for every size company imaginable, from 11 trucks to over 5,000 trucks and I can't think of a single advantage there is to working for a small company.

Here is a podcast I did that will give you a better idea of my thoughts on the matter:

Episode 9: Are Major Carriers Nothing More Than Starter Companies?

I'm not trying to convince you to go work for one of the majors. I just think you have this bias against them that shouldn't be there. If you find a company that seems perfect then go for it, regardless of their size. I just think you're missing out on a ton of great opportunities by excluding the majors. Don't fall for that "starter company" baloney you hear out there.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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You bet! Glad to see you're considering all of your options. In the end you might find a company with 50 trucks that is just perfect for you. Who knows? But definitely consider all of your options. Never rule anything out without giving it a fair shot.

PJ's Comment
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I'm not sure where you are at if it's close to me Elberton Ga, we are looking for a driver. Home every weekend. It's pulling a flatbed delivering Granite headstones. We have 8 trucks. Pay is good and boss is awesome. Otherwise Roehl has a southeast division out of atlanta area. They have flat, curtainside, dry and reefer. They have a wide range of hometime options

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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