Wil-Trans Or Jim Palmer Trucking

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Charlie T.'s Comment
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I'm contemplating getting into trucking and would like to go through a company paid CDL training program. I'm interested in either Wil-Tran or Jim Palmer. Living in Maryland and working for one of these companies will I have an opportunity to get home or un an area east of the Mississippi? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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They are the same company.

icecold24k's Comment
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To add on to this, if you have it narrowed down to them 2 companies who are both under the Prime Inc umbrella I would say Wiltrans is the better choice as Jim Palmer only has one terminal in Montana and usually run a lot of the West so it may be harder to get home with them. Of course you could always just apply to Prime also.. Best of luck...

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.

Jason K.'s Comment
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I was really interested in this company also. Jim Palmer runs mostly the western state, but can get you a load pretty much anywhere if you ask. Wil-Trans in the eastern freight, they are located in Missouri. Neither of them pay Per Diem so if that is something you are not worried about then they are a great company all around.

I believe they have their own CDL Training, and your total training time for the company is about 2-3 months. As it was explained to me, you have a few days of orientation, and getting your CLP , then you go out with your trainer on the road, One-on-one training. You come back for your CDL test, if you pass you go back out for another specified amount of miles with a different trainer. After all that you get what they call "Upgraded" and start doing your thing.

Here are a couple of links from this website you can check out for more info: Jim Palmer Company Review Wil-Trans Company Review

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.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

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.

Charlie T.'s Comment
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Thanks so much for the info Icecold24k and Jason K. Much appreciated!!

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Charlie.

Just a thought; both of the companies you mentioned have the same ownership. Since they are smaller than the mega carriers they tend to be very selective in qualifying and choosing candidates. We recommend NOT putting all your eggs in one basket, consider all of your options here:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Apply For Paid CDL Training

In additional these links will help you to better understand the industry, set realistic goals/expectations and perhaps most important prepare you for the CLP tests:

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.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Brett 's Comment
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You should look into Veriha Trucking out of Marinette Wisconsin. They have their own school, and run mostly Midwest and North Eastern states. They are willing to work with you, and have different driving options, like out weekly,local, and out 12-14 days. They are big on getting you home when you are supposed to be home.

Charlie T.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info G-Town. Really enjoy the web site and I have been hitting the practice test hard and studying the CDL manual...I think I'm doing okay on the practice tests. Thanks Brett for the info I will certainly check out Veriha Trucking.

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.
OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Wilson Logistics/Jim Palmer Trucking are not under a Prime umbrella as stated above. A portion of both fleets "contract" to pull Prime reefers

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

icecold24k's Comment
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Wilson Logistics/Jim Palmer Trucking are not under a Prime umbrella as stated above. A portion of both fleets "contract" to pull Prime reefers

Yes! I chose the wrong words.... I stand corrected sir!

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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