National Carriers In Texas?

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Robert S.'s Comment
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I was planning to go to work for a national company but my soon to be wife said location they wanted to send me up north was not reasonable so she wants me to find a company based out of Texas or a nearby by state. Are there many national companies I know of FFE and that's all I know. My biggest problem I can only lift 50lbs I heard FFE requires you to unload your rig if there was a forklift or pallet jack I could do that however if they have me moving individual boxes repetitively may pose an issue with an old injury. Another company based in or near Texas.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I'm confused with your question. Your wife thinks it's unreasonable to work for a national company in a northern state? Do you already have your CDL or are you hoping to to through a Paid CDL Training Programs.

Your not limited to working for a company in your home state. They will and you a bus ticket for orientation, then take your truck home during hometime. If your determined to work for a company with a terminal in Texas, I believe Stevens has their own school in Dallas. If I didn't address your concerns please elaborate for me.

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.

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.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Nearly all the big companies have a terminal in the DFW area....Crete, Werner, USA, Central, Schneider, Swift Etc

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.

Robert S.'s Comment
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Yes looking for training but Stevens would be a company off the table I should have mentioned for past reasons. The company she wants the terminal location based out of Texas she doesn't mind me driving out of state for the job but wants the base being Texas.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Honestly, the color of the trucks or the brand of tires they use are equally as important as what state the company is based out of. Where the company's headquarters are located is arbitrary. It has nothing whatsoever to do with anything. Why does she think that's important?

And why is Stevens off the table for "past reasons". If you can give us the whole picture we can help you out better. It feels like you're telling us 5% of what's going on and asking us to advise you.

Have you read through any of this information:

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Robert S.'s Comment
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Well, I originally went to Stevens Transport got my CDL had a trainer he had a very very bad attitude I always as respectful as I could be just didn't work out after I got off his truck in Florida I just left Stevens got a job in construction. I actually think living on the road be ideal friend mine said she worked for swift and she would take her days off at parks with her truck and go camping etc I pretty much like do the same thing. The bad taste in mouth from Stevens left me not wanting to go back to that company the dispatcher made things worse not better mind you so it was a no-win situation and I had to leave. Wife does want to move to closer to terminals all I can say that's what she said the terms be and that is just how its gotta be.

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.

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.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Really, and I could be wrong, the only advantage to living close to the terminal is you may eventually be able to get a local job running the T-call loads the remainder of the way. Other than that as Brett said it really isn't a big deal.

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.

Parrothead66's Comment
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So how long ago was the Stevens deal? Is there anything by chance that they put on your report? I’m sure the new company will ask about all this. Depending on the length of time they may require you to go through there school fully or at least a refresher course. Do you owe Stevens any money?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Robert, I'd like to make a couple of points.

First of all, if you live more than 50 miles from a terminal almost every company in the nation will let you bring your truck home. You don't have to live near a terminal and you certainly don't have to move. I drove for 15 years and I never once worked for a company that had their headquarters, any of their terminals, or even a drop yard in my home state. It makes no difference. You'll be able to take the truck home for time off.

The bad taste in mouth from Stevens left me not wanting to go back to that company the dispatcher made things worse not better mind you so it was a no-win situation and I had to leave.

I want you to understand that it's very important as a brand new student driver to be committed to sticking with your company for one full year, to get along with people, and to go with the flow. No one is going to roll out the red carpet for a rookie who is just starting down this path. You have to demonstrate to them that you're committed and that you have what it takes to do this job.

The dropout rate in this industry is extremely high and you demonstrated the lack of commitment that most new drivers have. You didn't feel like you were treated well enough so you quit. Do you have any idea how much time and money Stevens lost over that deal, and yet you're the one with a bad taste in your mouth? You were being paid to learn your trade while the company was losing money using their top trainers, fuel, and expensive equipment trying to get your career underway and you quit on them.

I'm confident you'll find someone that's going to give you an opportunity, but many companies won't hire someone who quit another company's program. So you'll have to apply to a bunch of places to see who is willing to give you a shot.

Here is some information that will help you prepare for your next shot at this:

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.

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.
Robert S.'s Comment
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The dropout rate in this industry is extremely high and you demonstrated the lack of commitment that most new drivers have. You didn't feel like you were treated well enough so you quit. Do you have any idea how much time and money Stevens lost over that deal, and yet you're the one with a bad taste in your mouth? You were being paid to learn your trade while the company was losing money using their top trainers, fuel, and expensive equipment trying to get your career underway and you quit on them

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Let me tell you about me I am not a typical person who isn't used to abusive workers working in construction will do that however there is limits even what I will tolerate that said as long they are not a completely insane I normally a friendly person be around and am very respectful until they do something crazy but when I say the person had no business being a trainer and I told the dispatcher to get me off the truck and he said to give it a week then calls the driver telling him what I said and then the driver then becomes more unstable after three days it was enough and was gonna end very very badly. I cant say if that was a normal policy because in construction its very tight group people and you have to put up and shut up or leave. I do remember very clearly they told me at the school in Dallas if there was a problem contact the dispatcher and he would get me another trainer because of what dispatcher did I only preceeded to think just how they really work for that company. I left I eventually went to another construction company and they help paid off my loan only because I knew some the people in charge. When I heard the bad stories I took it as a grain of salt because being in construction you have to have super thick skin and also not get scaried easy.

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.
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