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Travis's Comment
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Has anyone worked here, know anyone working/worked there? Looking at them and they look like a good fit but obviously even having healthy skepticism about what recruiters say is trumped by talking to those on the ground.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Has anyone worked here, know anyone working/worked there? Looking at them and they look like a good fit but obviously even having healthy skepticism about what recruiters say is trumped by talking to those on the ground.

Hay, Travis!

Just got off the phone with a trucking pal of Tom's . . . who used to work there! He was out of Ellisville, MS, and just stepped down, last year. I KNEW that company name sounded familiar, Tom gave me Harold's number for ya.

Here's what he said, it's not much info though, LoL:

  • They have light green Internationals, some manual, some autos. Single bunk, midroof.
  • They haul a lot of generators and similar equipment. Obviously, flats w/tarps.
  • You get tarp pay; was $20/per back then, and detention pay as well.
  • Insurance is COMPANY PAID (huge plus, imho!) and decent!!
  • CPM is around 0.50 starting out; raises are good. Bonuses intermittent.

It's not much, but it's all I could raise up outta the good ole' boy. He was there for six years; oil fields prior.

Best going forward, man!

~ Anne ~

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Travis's Comment
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The self-insurance is paid, family of course costs. Thankfully I've got Tricare for me and the wife and kids so I can pocket the $400-800 insurance costs a month most companies have for premiums.

I'm really curious how good they are about giving 6 or so days home after 5-6 weeks of running. The two people who came to our class said it was fine and the couple people on YouTube and reddit I got info from said they're good about it.

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Has anyone worked here, know anyone working/worked there? Looking at them and they look like a good fit but obviously even having healthy skepticism about what recruiters say is trumped by talking to those on the ground.

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Hay, Travis!

Just got off the phone with a trucking pal of Tom's . . . who used to work there! He was out of Ellisville, MS, and just stepped down, last year. I KNEW that company name sounded familiar, Tom gave me Harold's number for ya.

Here's what he said, it's not much info though, LoL:

  • They have light green Internationals, some manual, some autos. Single bunk, midroof.
  • They haul a lot of generators and similar equipment. Obviously, flats w/tarps.
  • You get tarp pay; was $20/per back then, and detention pay as well.
  • Insurance is COMPANY PAID (huge plus, imho!) and decent!!
  • CPM is around 0.50 starting out; raises are good. Bonuses intermittent.

It's not much, but it's all I could raise up outta the good ole' boy. He was there for six years; oil fields prior.

Best going forward, man!

~ Anne ~

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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The self-insurance is paid, family of course costs. Thankfully I've got Tricare for me and the wife and kids so I can pocket the $400-800 insurance costs a month most companies have for premiums.

I'm really curious how good they are about giving 6 or so days home after 5-6 weeks of running. The two people who came to our class said it was fine and the couple people on YouTube and reddit I got info from said they're good about it.

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Has anyone worked here, know anyone working/worked there? Looking at them and they look like a good fit but obviously even having healthy skepticism about what recruiters say is trumped by talking to those on the ground.

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Hay, Travis!

Just got off the phone with a trucking pal of Tom's . . . who used to work there! He was out of Ellisville, MS, and just stepped down, last year. I KNEW that company name sounded familiar, Tom gave me Harold's number for ya.

Here's what he said, it's not much info though, LoL:

  • They have light green Internationals, some manual, some autos. Single bunk, midroof.
  • They haul a lot of generators and similar equipment. Obviously, flats w/tarps.
  • You get tarp pay; was $20/per back then, and detention pay as well.
  • Insurance is COMPANY PAID (huge plus, imho!) and decent!!
  • CPM is around 0.50 starting out; raises are good. Bonuses intermittent.

It's not much, but it's all I could raise up outta the good ole' boy. He was there for six years; oil fields prior.

Best going forward, man!

~ Anne ~

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Hey, Travis;

I'll have Tom give the good ole' boi a shout this weekend, on speakerphone of course, and I'll find that out for you. Harold sure was bragging on the equipment and maintenance, and service and such; said it was a good run, and wish he didn't have to leave the industry. That's something to speak of; a guy coming from the oilfields, too.

Wish you well; I'll let ya know! Maybe others with knowledge would chime in this weekend, too.

Their score on saferweb is really good, too. Seems solid to me.

~ Anne ~

ps: Well at least insurance won't be an issue, either way, then! :)

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Lol Anna I've never opted for a jobs insurance since 1989 w/ WM kids born free was a plus. Think of the 10s of 1000s of $$$ I've saved over long run, ONLY, because I've never needed it really, since I don't get sick................ *gimme ur head girl, so I "knock on wood" hahaha teasing

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Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Lol Anna I've never opted for a jobs insurance since 1989 w/ WM kids born free was a plus. Think of the 10s of 1000s of $$$ I've saved over long run, ONLY, because I've never needed it really, since I don't get sick................ *gimme ur head girl, so I "knock on wood" hahaha teasing

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Stevo;

Travis is having a baby ANY DAY NOW! (Well, his wife is .. of course; y'all boys could NEVER handle it, haha!) I didn't know it was employee only. If a company had free FAMILY insurance, with today's costs, that would be a game changer/deal maker.

He's already got insurance TCO. Tom pays $93.00/wk FOR HIMSELF, ONLY! It's crazy. Kiddo & I are separate, on MY policy, thank Gawsh!

~ Anne ~

G-Town's Comment
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Travis I consistently stress NOT to out all of your eggs in one basket.

Howard is a small company. 200 trucks. In their website one paragraph states they require experience, the very next paragraph it says they accept recent trucking school graduates.

Not sure why you think they’re a good fit, but to me the most important question you need to ask them is how they are going to train you. Drill down on that to ensure they enable your success.

Good luck!

Travis's Comment
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Appreciate the lookout. I only mentioned them as I didn't want one thread on the forum to be me asking about Melton, Maverick and any other flatbed companies all at once.

They train 8 weeks and emphasized that it isn't cut short and is never team driving. Always the trainer awake and in the passenger seat.

I've got apps in with probably 20 companies but most have told me to get back in touch once my CDL is in hand (test Monday, go pay for license and the endorsements I've added Tuesday). Places have also said "we don't like to hire/do paperwork until 30 days before you can start. Not sure if that's everywhere or just people blowing me off. Your take on it? My preferred start date is July 18 but if the company looks good and wants me sooner I can do July 11 timeframe.

Travis I consistently stress NOT to out all of your eggs in one basket.

Howard is a small company. 200 trucks. In their website one paragraph states they require experience, the very next paragraph it says they accept recent trucking school graduates.

Not sure why you think they’re a good fit, but to me the most important question you need to ask them is how they are going to train you. Drill down on that to ensure they enable your success.

Good luck!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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we don't like to hire/do paperwork until 30 days before you can start. Not sure if that's everywhere or just people blowing me off. Your take on it

They have to rerun MVR and criminal checks if more than 30 days from what I remember hearing. Plus I'm sure they have people flake out so it isn't worth their time to start the process until you are ready.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Travis's Comment
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Yea, I figured it was something along those lines. Probably a lot of Tom, **** and Harrys calling "yea bro, I'm in CDL school" then either aren't, fail, or just go with another company.

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we don't like to hire/do paperwork until 30 days before you can start. Not sure if that's everywhere or just people blowing me off. Your take on it

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They have to rerun MVR and criminal checks if more than 30 days from what I remember hearing. Plus I'm sure they have people flake out so it isn't worth their time to start the process until you are ready.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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