Con-Way: Joplin Mo

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Leonard K.'s Comment
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mountain girl's Comment
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Leonard K.

About Con-way? Yeah. My first day is Monday, in Henderson, CO. So far, from what I can tell, I love it. What do you want to know?

-mountain girl

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Leonard K.

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About Con-way? Yeah. My first day is Monday, in Henderson, CO. So far, from what I can tell, I love it. What do you want to know?

-mountain girl

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We go to the Henderson Co Conway all the time. Might run into ya.

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We've had a number of people come through here and go with Con-way. I've heard a ton of great stuff. They have a pretty unique company and culture - a little more professional than a lot of places. Good pay and a variety of opportunities for different types of routes and such. It seems to be a pretty solid company.

Kody S.'s Comment
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I am actually super glad u posted this because I only live like an hour from Joplin... Can anyone tell me what the pay is for Con-Way for right outta school students and if they do flat bed or no?

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I am actually super glad u posted this because I only live like an hour from Joplin... Can anyone tell me what the pay is for Con-Way for right outta school students and if they do flat bed or no?

Conway is dry van. 53 footers and doubles and triples only. No flat bed. Their freight is almost always light. They also have people hired specifically to work the docks and load the trucks.

Now the only times I have every seen the drivers work the docks is during the holiday season when it's the business and drivers will have to load their own trailers of help out loading them. Mostly the larger Conway yards.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.
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Leonard K.

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About Con-way? Yeah. My first day is Monday, in Henderson, CO. So far, from what I can tell, I love it. What do you want to know?

-mountain girl

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-Guyjax

We go to the Henderson Co Conway all the time. Might run into ya.

I'd be bummed if you didn't stop by and say, "Hi." If you gave me a half day's heads-up, I'd make every effort to meet up, even just for 5 minutes, just cuz it would be too kewl!

-mountain girl

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mountain girl's Comment
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I am actually super glad u posted this because I only live like an hour from Joplin... Can anyone tell me what the pay is for Con-Way for right outta school students and if they do flat bed or no?

-Kody S.

My school and the Con-way terminal in Henderson, CO have an arrangement whereby Con-way is leasing my former CDL school one of their trucks and my school refers its top students to start new-driver training, if hired. I honestly don't know if I'm permitted to disclose exact numbers and I don't know if what I've been offered in compensation is exemplary of other parts of the country, or what. I can tell you that Con-way is starting me off at an hourly pay that's higher than that of the new frac drivers in the Greeley, Colorado oil fields and more than $4 per hour than the tanker company I thought I wanted to work for, a month ago. I think it's a sweet deal. To start, I was offered well-over $20/hr which would switch to more than $0.40 per mile if I picked up a load for a more senior driver who was on holiday or had called in sick. I was offered a sign-on bonus distributed in thirds over the first 6 months (that I'd have to pay back if I quit before the first year was up) and over $600 per week training pay during my first 5 weeks of new driver training. The numbers I'm giving you are way low compared to the actual numbers. I started a thread about my new experiences with Con-way, titled "LTL thread ...for inquiring minds," if you want to check that out, too, I'll see if I can post the link again in the next post after this one.

I will probably spend my first year on extraboard which is sort-of an on-call system where I go in at about the same time on a given week, work on the dock for about an hour, then drive for the rest of the day. I was told, I will pretty much know what times I'll be coming in every day because they are required to give you at least 10 hours off between shifts. If I finish one shift at 6 pm then I probably won't come in again till the next day at 6 am. It's not as though I'll be finished at 6pm and they call me back in at 2 am, yanno? When they call me in, I'll have 2 hrs to show up and my supervisor even said that because of my 1hr,15 minute commute, they'd even try to give me 3 hours to show up. The terminal has a very contended feel among the employees. I can sense it.

Yeah, Guyjax is right: I will probably spend a little more time on the doc during Christmas. Don't care. I was a loader for UPS years ago but I will still be treated with respect and still get plenty of driving on a daily basis. I don't mind the team effort, so we can get the job done. Con-way is non-union, which I am happy about because often, in union companies, union members will protest the management helping out for the sake of the mission because the union members feel that's a threat to their jobs. In a way, I guess it can be but I prefer the "let's just get the job done as a team" mentality better. I know how to load trucks, it gets you into tremendous shape, and I'll still be driving daily. Either way, I will be earning pay.

I'm a night-owl but even I have to crash. Hope this helps. You should go for it. I'm pretty sure Joplin is the headquarters for the company. Way cool.

-mountain girl

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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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
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