Starting Orientation With Gypsum Express

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Chris L's Comment
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Well I got the word earlier this evening that I am good to go to start orientation on Monday with Gypsum Express. I can wait to begin.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Chris! I think we had another driver start with Gypsum Express years ago, but we never heard much from him. It would be great to hear a little bit of your experiences with them as a new rookie driver. I see their flatbed trucks often when I'm in the Northeast.

Chris L's Comment
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Old School Wrote

Congratulations Chris! I think we had another driver start with Gypsum Express years ago, but we never heard much from him. It would be great to hear a little bit of your experiences with them as a new rookie driver. I see their flatbed trucks often when I'm in the Northeast.

That's my plan to upgrade to flatbed as soon as I get some experience under my belt.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Chris L said upgrade to flatbed. LOL!

But seriously, good luck in school!

Turtle's Comment
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Chris L said upgrade to flatbed. LOL

Sounds legit to me

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Good luck Chris. I see a lot of their trucks too, although mostly flatbed. Come over to the dark side when you're ready, We'll be looking for ya!

Ken M. (TailGunner)'s Comment
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Gypsum Express bought some of the real estate and hired employees from my old company when it went under a few years ago (Tandem Transport) They were based in Michigan City, Indiana, where the main terminal & service was. They also acquired a few of their smaller terminals. The freight manager, traffic manager, and several of the sales people, dispatchers, etc. still work out of Michigan City for Gyp Express now. I'm sure they also ended up with Tandem's customers also.

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.

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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.
Ken M. (TailGunner)'s Comment
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Just go to flatbed immediately, you will be way, way happier. It's kind of a whole different world from reefer and dry van.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congratulations and good luck!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Congratulations

Terry K.'s Comment
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Just go to flatbed immediately, you will be way, way happier. It's kind of a whole different world from reefer and dry van.

Hi, I am in CDL school currently and starting to zero in on companies to apply to. Can you explain why someone would be way, way happier with flatbed?

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.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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