Knight-Swift Merged But Still Different?

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Pennywise's Comment
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Researching company's for when I finish my CDL school, looking at Knight and Swift on my list. From what I have read they merged, but they have two different websites. I'm not a buisness major so I don't know how these things work. How does this affect drivers and workers, is it like your working for one company and you would never know it used to be two? Or are they still there own companies Trucks, Terminals, websites ECT. And they only thing that changed with the merge is money, and paper that employees and drivers don't notice much? Kind of like Bass Pro Shops bought Cabelas, but just on paper, they are still keeping the stores and the brand names separate the way they are.

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.

Chris M's Comment
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The Bass Pro Shops analogy is pretty much spot on. Basically, the corporations merged into a single corporate entity (Swift-Knight holdings I believe but don't quote me on that), but the two companies are still being run as separate operations. The biggest change was that Kevin Knight now runs both. But we don't use Knight equipment or facilities as Swift drivers.

Pennywise's Comment
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The Bass Pro Shops analogy is pretty much spot on. Basically, the corporations merged into a single corporate entity (Swift-Knight holdings I believe but don't quote me on that), but the two companies are still being run as separate operations. The biggest change was that Kevin Knight now runs both. But we don't use Knight equipment or facilities as Swift drivers.

Is it safe to say as a Swift driver you feel like you work for them and not a new merged company? What I am getting at is... Example, say on the website I like Swifts policy on home time or something, now I join and find out the merge changed this policy and it is now under Knight or vice versa. So I can work for Knight or Swift and it will fell like two different company's, different Trucks, Pay, Policys, Training, Terminals etc? Just because on "Trucking Truths company reviews" and other things I have heard makes one company my 1st choice and the other my 2nd choice. Just want to make sure the merge doesn't change these things.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Penny you are worried about something that will not effect you.

The merged company has three entities; a holding company (for financials and purchasing power) and two separate autonomous trucking companies, Swift Transportation and Knight Transportation. Each transportation company continues to maintain their unique brand, manage their individual P&L Statement and customers. The only thing being shared is technology; creating a best of breed platform that benefits all of us.

Go drive,...let the suits run the two companies.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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The Bass Pro Shops analogy is pretty much spot on. Basically, the corporations merged into a single corporate entity (Swift-Knight holdings I believe but don't quote me on that), but the two companies are still being run as separate operations. The biggest change was that Kevin Knight now runs both. But we don't use Knight equipment or facilities as Swift drivers.

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Is it safe to say as a Swift driver you feel like you work for them and not a new merged company? What I am getting at is... Example, say on the website I like Swifts policy on home time or something, now I join and find out the merge changed this policy and it is now under Knight or vice versa. So I can work for Knight or Swift and it will fell like two different company's, different Trucks, Pay, Policys, Training, Terminals etc? Just because on "Trucking Truths company reviews" and other things I have heard makes one company my 1st choice and the other my 2nd choice. Just want to make sure the merge doesn't change these things.

You don't have to worry about that at all. They are two separate companies under 1 umbrella. Abilene, Bar Nunn, and a couple other companies are under the knight umbrella, too.

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.

Pennywise's Comment
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Gotcha, great because there was one thing that bothered me about Swift that I was hoping I wouldn't get if I drove with Knight. Not Swift bashing just something that didn't work because if where I live.

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