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Shaffer Trucking Company Profile

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 Trucking Company Terminal Locations

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:

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Deland, FL
  • Marietta, GA
  • Ottawa, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Council Bluffs, IA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • North Platte, NE
  • Omaha, NE
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Ochelata, OK
  • New Kingstown, PA
  • Lenoir City, TN
  • Wilmer, TX
  • North Salt Lake City, UT
  • Cheyenne, WY

Shaffer Trucking Company Hiriing & Operating Areas

Hiring Area

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.

Operating Area

Shaffer operates throughout the entire continental United States.

Shaffer Trucking Company minimum Hiring Requirements

  • One year verifiable tractor trailer experience or graduation from a truck driving school approved by Shaffer Trucking.
  • Has an acceptable driving record as reflected by MVR with no major preventable accident in the most recent five (5) years.
  • Has a Class A Commercial Driver’s License with Hazmat endorsement issued by the driver’s state of residence.
  • No DUI or DWI convictions or positive drug screens or events in the past (5) five years.
  • Has a stable verifiable work history.
  • Has attained the minimum age of 22 years.
  • No felony convictions within the last ten (10) years.
  • Be able to perform functions set forth in job description.
  • Has acceptably passed the required company and D.O.T. physical, the required drug test and the company in-truck driving test and otherwise meets D.O.T. requirements.

Shaffer Trucking Company Training & Freight

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Company Training Duration

All students will need to complete a paid 4 to 8 week on-the-job-training program with a Shaffer Trucking Trainer.

Forced To Team After Training?

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.

Type Of Freight

Shaffer only consists of temperature controlled trailers. The majority of freight is refrigerated food products.

Shaffer Trucking Company Pay

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:

  • First Year: 35cpm
  • After 1 Year: 41cpm
  • After 3 Years: 43cpm
  • After 4 Years: 44cpm

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 Trucking Company Benefits

Shaffer offers the following benefits to drivers after 30 days of employment:

  • Medical Coverage
  • Dental Plans
  • Vision Plans
  • Short Term Disability
  • Accident & Critical Illness Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Insurance Flexible Spending Account
  • 401K Savings Plan
  • Profit Sharing
  • Paid Vacation
  • Jury Duty Pay

Shaffer Trucking Company Policies

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Tuition Reimbursement

No tuition reimbursement is offered.

Hometime Policy

Drivers typically stay out for 21 days at a time then take 3 days off.

Shaffer Trucking Company Policies

Rider And Pet Policy

No pets are allowed, but a family rider program does exist. The requirements for the family rider program are as follows:

  • Spouse, which includes "common law" spouse where permitted by law.
  • One child, stepchild, foster-child or grandchild 4 years of age or younger, provided they are accompanied by the non-driving spouse.
  • One child, foster-child, stepchild or grandchild 5 through 18 years of age, with or without the non-driving spouse.
  • Hazardous Materials

    A hazardous materials endorsement is required and at times, driver may need to transport hazardous cargo.

  • Canada Border Crossing Policy

    Shaffer generally doesn't operate in Canada and you will not be required to cross into Canada.

  • Team Opportunities

    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.

  • New York City Dispatch

    Drivers are not forced to pickup or deliver in NYC.

Shaffer Trucking Company Policies

Drop And Hook

About 70% of freight is drop and hook

Forced Dispatch

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.

Local / Regional / Dedicated Opportunities

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.

Average Age Of Equipment

Trucks average 2 years of age.

Transmission Type

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.

Speed Of Trucks

Trucks are restricted between 62 and 65mph.

APU / Idle Policy

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.

Electronic / Paper Logs

The entire fleet is currently being switched over to paperless logs.

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