Halvor, Hummer, Butler, Etc.

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Alli's Comment
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Hi all, Anyone know anything about Halvor Lines, Butler Transportation, or Don Hummer Trucking? I spoke with Halvor, have not yet to Butler but that is tomorrow, and am under review with Hummer and they will get back to me after that process.

I am 21, 2.5 years of local experience, looking for OTR work US only, prefer no touch reefer or dry van out of Pennsylvania. I’d like a company without driver facing cameras & that takes care of their equipment. Thanks, Alli

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.

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.

Mike H.'s Comment
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I worked for Halvor from October 2018 until this past July.

Great company to work for, never had any issues.

They have a good maintenance program and any mechanical issues are repaired quickly.

I was flatbed, so I can't comment on dry van or reefer mileages or their dispatch.

Only reason I left was due to a family member's medical issue and was asked to take over driving their truck (O/O).

When the medical issue is resolved, I'll be going back to Halvor

If you have any questions, please ask

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Hi all, Anyone know anything about Halvor Lines, Butler Transportation, or Don Hummer Trucking? I spoke with Halvor, have not yet to Butler but that is tomorrow, and am under review with Hummer and they will get back to me after that process.

I am 21, 2.5 years of local experience, looking for OTR work US only, prefer no touch reefer or dry van out of Pennsylvania. I’d like a company without driver facing cameras & that takes care of their equipment. Thanks, Alli

Hi Ali...

Have you considered Swift? Here is why...we are the primary transportation partner for Walmart's 7030 grocery DC near Pottsville PA (I-81, exit 119). We run over 150 loads for Walmart per day, delivering both perishable and non-perishable groceries within a 200 miles radius of the DC (NJ, DE, MD & PA, H-Burg east), plus vendor backhauls. Territories overlap so you will also gain experience running the eastern half of New York state and occasionally the western half of PA.

In my experience, ...always running, rarely sit. Starting pay is .54 cpm with flat dispatch and stop pay added. You can expect about 1700-1800 miles per week...more as you become proficient with the operation and prove you can handle the challenges. Most runs are "out and back" in a single shift, averages to about 12-12.5 hours per day. If you are interested, I am happy to answer additional questions.

Good luck!

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

GrayBeardinPA's Comment
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G-town do you run down eastern shore MD? Easton, denton, cambridge?

G-Town's Comment
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G-town do you run down eastern shore MD? Easton, denton, cambridge?

Yes. Denton and Cambridge multiple times with Reefer loads, but not lately.

I don't recall being dispatched to Easton though...there is always a first time due to overlapping DC territories in the outlying areas. If it's not a Super Center, it's unlikely we go there too often. Probably serviced by the Smyrna DE DC with light perishable grocery provided by companies like McLane. Not sure on that one...

I've been to North East MD, Rehobeth DE and Berlin MD stores more frequently though (usually in that order too). Like those runs from now through Mid-May, just shy of $300 payday, more if a trailer re-spot is required in Berlin, but it does however consume about 13 hours of the daily on-duty clock time. Too much shore traffic during beach season on the weekends.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I drive for Butler and they have treated me well. We have the two-way cameras but they say it doesn't monitor US unless it's a critical event. We are 100% no touch freight. We are not a mega carrier like Swift. We run between 250 and 300 trucks. I'm not here to sell you on them but when I go to the terminal everybody knows my name. And they have since early on which really shocked me. I have read negative reviews on Butler ( I'm guessing they are terminal rats) they have treated me with respect and if I have a problem they always try to fix it. been driving for about 15 months now out of CDL School. Had a great trainer and like I said they treat me good. Good luck to you hope you find what you're looking for.

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.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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I drive for Butler and they have treated me well. We have the two-way cameras but they say it doesn't monitor US unless it's a critical event. We are 100% no touch freight. We are not a mega carrier like Swift. We run between 250 and 300 trucks. I'm not here to sell you on them but when I go to the terminal everybody knows my name. And they have since early on which really shocked me. I have read negative reviews on Butler ( I'm guessing they are terminal rats) they have treated me with respect and if I have a problem they always try to fix it. been driving for about 15 months now out of CDL School. Had a great trainer and like I said they treat me good. Good luck to you hope you find what you're looking for.

I did a search for information on Butler. I am in contact with a recruiter right now (Cristi) and will be completing the application process once I return to the US from my honeymoon. Really glad to read something positive about a company that is hard to find information on.

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.

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