Update On New Millis Transfer Job

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Kevin L.'s Comment
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Just wanted to let everyone know that I finished my driving school with Millis Transfer. The next step is going on the road for 15k miles with a trainer before getting my own truck. Everything is just as it was promised with Millis. They are a great group of people who treat you like a respected person, not a number. Thanks to all on here for your insight and helpful information. I wouldn't even have known about Millis if it weren't for Trucking Truth. I will keep y'all updated as my journey continues. Anyone that has any questions or are considering coming to Millis feel free to ask me anything. Again, thank y'all so much, more updates coming soon!

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Congratulations! Keep up the good work. Stay safe. We are here to help.

Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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Millis is huge in my area...I will be very interested in any updates you have to share. Good luck, have fun, and learn, learn, learn!

Marc Lee's Comment
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Millis is huge in my area...I will be very interested in any updates you have to share. Good luck, have fun, and learn, learn, learn!

Ditto that!

BullDozer's Comment
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What MTI location did you train at? I am starting Jan. 21st. In Richfield WI.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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What MTI location did you train at? I am starting Jan. 21st. In Richfield WI.

Hey, another neighbor!

BullDozer's Comment
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Yep, and can't wait to move in. I'm so excited. I have been studying the High Road and watching videos on backing, Trip planning, HOS... ANYTHING really that I feel will be helpful. What I don't watch or read is driver's reviews. Thank you Trucking Truth for that nugget. I will admit when I first started thinking about trucking companies that is exactly what I was doing. I know I made the right choice going with Millis Transfer. How? Because they have a truck and a trailer, lol. Small class size is a plus, I know I will get the attention and not be forgotten about. They have nice equipment, great starting pay, dry van only and ohh can not forget to mention free Sirus xm radio and Direct TV with football package. But most importantly because the class size. Is it January yet!

Dm:

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Yep, and can't wait to move in. I'm so excited. I have been studying the High Road and watching videos on backing, Trip planning, HOS... ANYTHING really that I feel will be helpful. What I don't watch or read is driver's reviews. Thank you Trucking Truth for that nugget. I will admit when I first started thinking about trucking companies that is exactly what I was doing. I know I made the right choice going with Millis Transfer. How? Because they have a truck and a trailer, lol. Small class size is a plus, I know I will get the attention and not be forgotten about. They have nice equipment, great starting pay, dry van only and ohh can not forget to mention free Sirus xm radio and Direct TV with football package. But most importantly because the class size. Is it January yet!

I liked their training model, and was all set to go with them but found out they have no regional in our area, and I don't want to go OTR unless I have to. Let me rephrase that. My wife doesn't want me to go OTR. I'm not sure why she cares, she works so much we rarely see each other anyway, but it's nice to be loved, I guess.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Dm:

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
BullDozer's Comment
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You have to follow your heart, Regional is not much of a difference than OTR. If you're going to be a truck driver you can't have something holding you back at home. You need to be able to focus on the job and not what's going on back home. This is why I did not start this career 20 years ago. I wanted to but had 2 children and that would of been hard being away. I'm talking just for me so I'm not saying this for anyone else's situation but if this your dream and a wife/girlfriend can't accept that than I wouldn't do it. Best of luck to you. I hope it works out for you.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Bulldozer wrote as a reason for choosing Millis...

But most importantly because the class size.

Bulldozer, Millis may well be your best choice; but I’d suggest that “size” or lack there of is at best an assumption.

Millis is no different than the Mega-Carriers in that they expect safe and efficient drivers. And they expect their rookies to show consistent improvement and the ability to learn from mistakes. It’s about performance; that’s where it begins and ends, and is consistent throughout the industry.

For instance I am a Swift driver assigned to a NE Regional Dedicated Walmart account. I will celebrate my six year anniversary this coming February. Swift employs 18,000 drivers throughout the lower 48. At no time have I ever felt like a number. Never. During my first 6 months (especially) I never lacked for quality and consistent support. The extent of my day-to-day relationships are focused on about a half dozen support people. 1 operations coordinator, 4 driver leaders and 2 planners. They all interact with me professionally and respectfully. I feel like an important and integral part of a cohesive/effective team; NOT a single driver lost on the mass of the other 17,999.

Swift’s size can actually be beneficial; I never sit, many times have my pick of available runs (something I have earned) and the ability to run for short periods outside of my assigned territory if I need a change of scenery. Swift like any other company treats their top-performing drivers like gold. Although this is earned, the same opportunity is available to drivers at any company.

For the purpose of everyone reading this post, please provide a bit more information supporting your premise that a smaller sized company is somehow beneficial to a new driver. Again I am in no way suggesting Millis is the wrong decision; however their size should be the least important criteria affecting your decision.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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