Shaffer Trucking was founded in 1937 and merged with Crete Carrier in 1974. They are now based out of Lincoln, Nebraska and operate more than 1,400 trucks with 2,800 trailers. Shaffer mostly hauls refrigerated or temperature controlled freight and operates throughout the entire lower 48 United States.
Shaffer currently owns and operates 19 terminals across the United States. Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking share a corporate headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska and also share terminals in the following locations:
While there may be temporary hiring freezes in some areas of the country at various times, Shaffer typically hires from all of the lower 48 United States.
Shaffer operates throughout the entire continental United States.
All students will need to complete a paid 4 to 8 week on-the-job-training program with a Shaffer Trucking Trainer.
No, drivers are not forced to team after training. Even during training, trucks are run as solo operations. Team divisions are available for those who choose to drive a team truck.
Shaffer only consists of temperature controlled trailers. The majority of freight is refrigerated food products.
During the 4 to 8 week company training period, trainees are paid a flat salary of $500 per week. After that, drivers will earn the following:
Shaffer Trucking pays their drivers using a "Practical Mileage" calculation. The average annual earnings for Shaffer drivers for 2010 was between $52,000 and $62,000 depending on the division they were in.
Shaffer offers the following benefits to drivers after 30 days of employment:
No tuition reimbursement is offered.
Drivers typically stay out for 21 days at a time then take 3 days off.
No pets are allowed, but a family rider program does exist. The requirements for the family rider program are as follows:
A hazardous materials endorsement is required and at times, driver may need to transport hazardous cargo.
Shaffer generally doesn't operate in Canada and you will not be required to cross into Canada.
Shaffer Trucking has a team driver division available for those who wish to drive a team truck. If you do not currently have someone to team with, the company will assist in finding you a co-driver.
Drivers are not forced to pickup or deliver in NYC.
About 70% of freight is drop and hook
Shaffer has a "semi-forced dispatch" system. The majority of the time, drivers are sent 2 or 3 load assignments to choose from with different pickup and delivery locations. The driver must pick from the list sent. On occasion, drivers are only given one option and in that case, the driver is forced dispatched.
Very few local, regional, or dedicated opportunities exist. However, many drivers are able to transfer into the Shaffer sister company, Crete Carrier, which is a dry van carrier with quite a bit of regional and dedicated opportunities.
Trucks average 2 years of age.
International and Freightliner Cascadia models are equipped with 10 speed Eaton Fuller 10 speed manual transmissions while Freightliner Century models are equipped with Meritor 10 speed manual transmissions.
Trucks are restricted between 62 and 65mph.
More than 75% of the fleet is equipped with APU's with plans to increase the number as new equipment is purchased. Trucks without APU's are equipped with auto engine start/stop features.
The entire fleet is currently being switched over to paperless logs.
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