Trucking Companies Not Hiring From South Florida

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Michael P.'s Comment
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I live in south Florida and I'm having trouble finding a trucking company that will take me in so far every company that I've have talk to isn't hiring from south Florida can anyone give me a idea why that is

Lusion's Comment
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From what I have read it's because there isn't enough freight moving in and out of Florida to give you home time.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Maybe @Rick S. can give you a few leads as to who hires from S. FL....he's in that area. Did you fire off the 'one and done' app on this site? It'd be hard to believe that you wouldn't get a few replies that way.

Best of luck~!

Rob T.'s Comment
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Have you checked out Cypress truck lines? I'm not sure if flatbed is all they do but I know they hire in Florida, though but sure how far south they do.

Amber L.'s Comment
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When we went o school there was a company Windy hill that was definitely hiring out of Florida not sure how far south. They haul plants mainly out of Florida then all kinds of things back. Sounded like a nice company on the smaller side for sure.

Navypoppop's Comment
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Also CCC ie:Commercial Carriers Corp. hires and operates 3-4 different companies in Florida. They range from dry van , flatbed, tanker and reefer copanies that operate local, regional and OTR. They do not pay the best but there is a few possibilities to consider. They also have Mack and International trucks.

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.

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.

ChrisEMT's Comment
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You might want to try Werner. I know that they have a terminal in Lakeland, Florida. Not a bad company to work for, and last I knew, they have a home depot out of Lake Park, GA that my trainer got on, and he was home every weekend in Florida...

If your not looking to be "Home" other than every 6 or 8 weeks, any company should be willing to work with you. But I do know most freight is iffy going out of Florida, getting you into Florida wouldn't be too hard.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Come to think of it, Knight also has a terminal in Lakeland. Not really southern Florida, though.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Windy Hill in Eustis, Florida is another one.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Anyone south of I-4 is going to have an issue (for the most part).

EXPERIENCED DRIVERS can get in - but people who are looking to get their CDL , or recent grads - not so much.

CRST hires out of here, as does Armellini (if they still haul). Prime used to have a "Flower Division" out of Port of Miami - but I think that's gone now. Jim Palmer actually was hiring trainees out of here a couple of years ago - cannot say that they still are. BE WARY of "headhunter" (non-company) recruiting companies. Usually, the $$ for training is vastly overpriced, and there's still no placement guarantee.

Freight coming OUT of SoFla is horrible, and the rates SUCK. Many O/O's I know won't even come down, unless they have a great rate coming in - and then they deadhead back north to get back in the lanes.

There are a few more - I'd have to check with my instructor at Sheridan VoTech (the county school that does CDL) to see who's recruiting out of his classes lately - but STILL - that's RECENT GRADS out of a 9 week accredited program.

Occasionally (rarely) - you will find the majors taking one or two from down here - but those slots fill fast.

It's about the ability to get you home - without having to deadhead you in & out to do it.

As I mentioned - if you have a year or two, there are a number that will take you on. But for newbs, you're pretty much out of luck...

Rick

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.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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