Halvor Lines Info Please?

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Looks like they will take me OTR right out of (tech college) CDL school. Few days of paid orientation ($85/day), 5 weeks OTR training (@ .20 cpm as solo not team) then test and OTR in my own truck.

Rates seem fair and typical. Benefits (including about 1/2 of my actual tuition reimbursed), etc.. 2016 and newer trucks with usual doodads and SAT. TV.

Online reviews are fairly typical, more negative than not.

Turns out they are 2016, 2017 and 2018 top 20 fleets to drive for.

Appreciate any/all info..

Thanks!

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Susan D. 's Comment
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Congratulations. It sounds like you already have information about them. Im

Susan D. 's Comment
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Dog it.. lol didn't mean for that to submit before I was finished. Anywho, I don't believe we have anyone who drives for Halvor. I do hear they're an excellent company.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Marc, congrats on finding a spot to land! If it counts for anything, every single one of the Halvor units I've seen (mostly WI, MN along the 90-94 corridor) has been in fabulous shape. Power units clean, no rusted trailer wheels, flatbed load curtain sides always intact not torn, and their drivers have always been "share the road respectful". In my experience, if drivers care enough to keep the equipment in good condition and appearance, their company is probably doing something right in the treatment of the drivers. Only 50% reimbursement for schooling seems a bit light, but that would not be a deal breaker for me if the rest of the package seemed top shelf.

Brian's Comment
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Havlor was also a company I was looking at in the beginning, but some factors lead me towards Schneider but it wasn't an easy decision. I've heard nothing but great things about them. Happened to drive by their terminal in Superior and it looked like a place to be.

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.

John M.'s Comment
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I started with Halvor Lines right out of trucking school and was with them for six months until I landed a local job. Orientation and training is just as you said three days at superior then five or six weeks out on the road with your trainer, you do not team drive it’s the trainee doing the majority of the driving under supervision from your trainer. You can do some light team towards the end of the training if it’s agreeable then back to superior to final out. If you’re doing flatbed you’ll go through a week or so of load securement. I really enjoyed working for Halvor and will probably go back this winter when I get laid off from driving gravel trains. The trucks are all virtually brand new within the last two years they have satellite TV big refrigerators 2000 W inverter and bunk heater’s, you can idol If it really cold or hot out side.

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