Regional Companies Florida Panhandle?

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NeeklODN's Comment
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Hello! Some of you may remember me when I used to post a bit while still a rookie. Well, now I have about four and a half years experience with zero accidents, zero citations, zero anything on any report LOL. I guess I'm in a position where I can be a little picky so I am looking for something home weekly or even throughout the week that still pays great. Currently hauling gasoline with x endorsement. I have already looked into groen**** transportation, Schneider national dedicated tanker, Martin transportation, and a few others. Anybody have a lead on something good? I'm trying to find the company I can retire at.

Steve L.'s Comment
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What do you consider "pays great?"

If you're doing tanker and you're considering the Schneider Tanker position, you gotta know it pays pretty good for the area. Most of the positions in the panhandle are not gonna pay as well as the tanker job. The ones that do are either food delivery (MacLane) or Beverage (CocaCola or beer distributors).

What kind of $ are you looking to make if you can find a weekly home time gig?

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hello! Some of you may remember me when I used to post a bit while still a rookie. Well, now I have about four and a half years experience with zero accidents, zero citations, zero anything on any report LOL. I guess I'm in a position where I can be a little picky so I am looking for something home weekly or even throughout the week that still pays great. Currently hauling gasoline with x endorsement. I have already looked into groen**** transportation, Schneider national dedicated tanker, Martin transportation, and a few others. Anybody have a lead on something good? I'm trying to find the company I can retire at.

NEEK !!!! OF COURSE, we remember you!!

Why no luck with Groen'd ?? They're pretty elite, actually! Anything w/QC (Quality Carriers) if you want tanks?

Marten, or MarTIN? Have you looked into Cypress? Keen AND Keim are that way, also.

Another company housed in Michigan (yards in Ohio) recently spread their wings to Florida, as well, Equity Transport.

You could also check D.M. Bowman, Earl Henderson, Hogan Transport, and Schugel.

I spent 26 years in Florida growing up (yeah, I'm old!) and good ole' Lester Coggins (my fam's roots) is long gone. LCT .. in Okahumpka!

There's also Florida Beauty Express, Navajo, .. I'll think more later!!

Good to see you stop back, good sir! Whatever works, let us know!!!

Best always,

~ Anne ~

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Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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What do you consider "pays great?"

If you're doing tanker and you're considering the Schneider Tanker position, you gotta know it pays pretty good for the area. Most of the positions in the panhandle are not gonna pay as well as the tanker job. The ones that do are either food delivery (MacLane) or Beverage (CocaCola or beer distributors).

What kind of $ are you looking to make if you can find a weekly home time gig?

Do YOU remember LCT (Lester Coggins?) .. long time ago!! Did anyone ever acquire/take over? I never DID follow up; we (I) moved to Ohio, right around the end of their empire; went with Valley Transport in Ashland, here.

~ Anne ~

ps: Showing my age, I know!!!

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NeeklODN's Comment
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You're right my apologies, I wasn't very specific. "Pays great" to me I guess would be somewhere between 85k-100k annual. Am I aiming too high you think with my experience level? I'm strongly considering the Schneider job. I guess I'm looking for the dream job and I'm not quite wowwed enough by the Schneider gig because even if I get a 10 hour break or two during the week parked at home terminal , I'm 70 miles from the house so a little over an hour. Seems like I might as well just be gone all week and possibly be able to run harder and earn more.

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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Hello! Some of you may remember me when I used to post a bit while still a rookie. Well, now I have about four and a half years experience with zero accidents, zero citations, zero anything on any report LOL. I guess I'm in a position where I can be a little picky so I am looking for something home weekly or even throughout the week that still pays great. Currently hauling gasoline with x endorsement. I have already looked into groen**** transportation, Schneider national dedicated tanker, Martin transportation, and a few others. Anybody have a lead on something good? I'm trying to find the company I can retire at.

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NEEK !!!! OF COURSE, we remember you!!

Why no luck with Groen'd ?? They're pretty elite, actually! Anything w/QC (Quality Carriers) if you want tanks?

Marten, or MarTIN? Have you looked into Cypress? Keen AND Keim are that way, also.

Another company housed in Michigan (yards in Ohio) recently spread their wings to Florida, as well, Equity Transport.

You could also check D.M. Bowman, Earl Henderson, Hogan Transport, and Schugel.

I spent 26 years in Florida growing up (yeah, I'm old!) and good ole' Lester Coggins (my fam's roots) is long gone. LCT .. in Okahumpka!

There's also Florida Beauty Express, Navajo, .. I'll think more later!!

Good to see you stop back, good sir! Whatever works, let us know!!!

Best always,

~ Anne ~

Woah lots of good suggestions! I will comb through these 1 by 1 tomorrow.

GroenD says their regional tanker pay is about $2100-$2200 gross BIWEEKLY. (Website says 85-100) That's gonna be a no for me. Inflation.

Marten only has OTR right now

MartIN has out and back runs gone 1-3 days but no sign on bonus because "the other drivers were getting mad." Not a deal breaker for me but the vibe felt a little undesirable.

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.

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Steve L.'s Comment
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Am I aiming too high you think with my experience level?

I wouldn’t say aiming too high. But, high paying trucking jobs are a challenge in the panhandle. I agree on the Schneider tanker, I’ve considered it as well.

Have you looked into the Ruan (Publix contract) that operates out of Marianna? I don’t know what they pay.

I drive for RBI and I’m certain the pay wouldn’t be what you’re getting for tanker. I’ve considered Wright, CIS, S&M & others. It really comes down to whatever the balance is you want. I’m too close to retirement, with great home time, accumulated vacation, to seriously look at starting over.

You could also look into Hackney in Milton. I believe that’s box truck, food service but I might be wrong.

Coca Cola in Pensacola seems always looking for large store drivers. I spoke with them once and it seemed a good opportunity; just deliver to the store, unload their pallets and go onto the next. Someone else does all the down stacking.

I’ll keep my eyes & ears open.

Steve L.'s Comment
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What do you consider "pays great?"

If you're doing tanker and you're considering the Schneider Tanker position, you gotta know it pays pretty good for the area. Most of the positions in the panhandle are not gonna pay as well as the tanker job. The ones that do are either food delivery (MacLane) or Beverage (CocaCola or beer distributors).

What kind of $ are you looking to make if you can find a weekly home time gig?

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Do YOU remember LCT (Lester Coggins?) .. long time ago!! Did anyone ever acquire/take over? I never DID follow up; we (I) moved to Ohio, right around the end of their empire; went with Valley Transport in Ashland, here.

~ Anne ~

ps: Showing my age, I know!!!

I don’t remember Lester Coggins, but Okahumpka is quite a ways from the panhandle, where I live. Go there now and The Villages has taken over the whole area.

Florida Beauty is no more, I think. There are others, such as Prime Floral, who are hauling plants. Another is Flowerwood, Loxley, AL, but I don’t anything about them.

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Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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What do you consider "pays great?"

If you're doing tanker and you're considering the Schneider Tanker position, you gotta know it pays pretty good for the area. Most of the positions in the panhandle are not gonna pay as well as the tanker job. The ones that do are either food delivery (MacLane) or Beverage (CocaCola or beer distributors).

What kind of $ are you looking to make if you can find a weekly home time gig?

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Do YOU remember LCT (Lester Coggins?) .. long time ago!! Did anyone ever acquire/take over? I never DID follow up; we (I) moved to Ohio, right around the end of their empire; went with Valley Transport in Ashland, here.

~ Anne ~

ps: Showing my age, I know!!!

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I don’t remember Lester Coggins, but Okahumpka is quite a ways from the panhandle, where I live. Go there now and The Villages has taken over the whole area.

Florida Beauty is no more, I think. There are others, such as Prime Floral, who are hauling plants. Another is Flowerwood, Loxley, AL, but I don’t anything about them.

Dang, when did Florida Beauty Express disband? You are correct; they 'are no more!' Didn't do much 'digging' as to why. I looked up the old LCT area....omigosh! The whole STATE is a 'retirement' village, it seems!!!!!!! Hmmm.....LoL. I sure DO miss my sister's swimming pool, similar to yours, though!!

NEEK, I totally SHOULD have said, MAJOR KUDOS & Congrats on your driving/safety record. WOW, that is AWESOME!!

Another company that runs that area is PTL ~ not sure 'that's' the niche you are looking for, however. My sister used to manage a Woolworth's right across from a truck stop in the Bradenton/Sarasotsa area; a bit south of y'all, but I'm going to go through some photos with her, and look at some more 'names on the doors' for fun!! Will advise.

Hope you'll shout back and let US know, if anything has worked out for ya! Are you SURE on the Groe n'd that's BIWEEKLY ?!? That makes no sense. I thought they were 'elite,' guess not, haha!

Stop back; as will I. . . best wishes always!

Congrats on that impeccable record!!

~ Anne ~

ps: THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE, BOYS & GIRLS!!!

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Turtle's Comment
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Neek! Long time no see. So glad to hear you are still doing well.

Obviously I'd throw Walmart into that list as well. However, the southeast market is pretty locked up for drivers. Not many openings in the wmpf down there. However, if you were so lucky as to get in, they're certainly a company to retire from. You'll start out over 100k easy.

Good to see you again.

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