Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking Lead the Industry with Driver Pay Increase

December 7th, 2014

Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking have announced a pay increase for their company national over the road (OTR) drivers. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Crete national OTR drivers will receive a $.02 per practical mile increase, resulting in an 11 percent increase in the overall pay package.  When combined with an over 2 percent increase in miles, drivers will be earning more than 13 percent over the previous year.  Shaffer Trucking is increasing pay by $.04 per practical mile.  Over the previous year, Shaffer has increased the overall pay package by over 17 percent and increased paid miles by more than 4 percent.  Truck drivers for Shaffer Trucking will now be earning over 21 percent more over the previous year.

“As a company, we have tremendous opportunities to grow.  Hiring the best drivers allows us to retain our leadership in the industry. You can’t be a great trucking company without having great drivers and this pay increase is just one way we are rewarding our great drivers and achieving this goal,” says President and CEO, Tonn Ostergard.  “We lead the industry in CSA scores, retention, our gold standard benefits package, and continue to lead in pay.  Our drivers put in hard work to keep this country moving, so this pay increase is not an expense, but an investment in our most valuable asset!”

Crete Carrier Corporation and Shaffer Trucking is recognized by the National Transportation Institute as a Top Pay Certified Carrier, meeting three critical categories: top tier pay, benefits, and carrier stability.  The recent pay increase is a reflection of the continued effort to ensure truck drivers at Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking have every opportunity to succeed in today’s trucking industry.

Furthermore, Crete Carrier Corporation and Shaffer Trucking also offers a gold standard benefit package that includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance, ensuring coverage for both the driver and the family.  In addition, Crete Carrier Corporation also offers 401k and profit sharing opportunities.  Last year, Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking distributed more than $8 million to employees.

“In addition to increasing driver pay rates, we are experiencing much stronger demand for our services which has also resulted in nearly a 5 percent increase in miles for our drivers,” said Jack Peetz, President of Shaffer Trucking.  “Growing our fleet will benefit both our drivers and our customers.”

Additionally, Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking have replaced half of the trucks in their fleet in the past 15 months, making the average age of equipment less than two years old. Plus, we are adding more than 1,500 new Freightliner Cascadias this year.

Crete Carrier Corporation continues to prove itself as a solid employer.  As one of the industry leaders in retention, drivers typically stay with Crete and Shaffer three times longer than the competition.  Much of this success is due to the continued efforts to ensure driver’s safety have the miles they want to make the good living they deserve.

About Crete Carrier Corporation

Founded in 1966, Crete Carrier Corporation and Shaffer Trucking, ranks as one of the largest privately-owned trucking companies in the country, offering a full range of transportation services to our customers. For more information about Crete Carrier Corporation, please visit www.CreteCarrier.com or email Todd Sanning at corpcomm@cretecarrier.com.

New options support those with driver jobs

December 1st, 2014

Some new Kenworth truck cabover options are opening the door for more diverse applications from those with driver jobs.

The new options for the Kenworth K270 and K370 cabovers include a compact back-of-cab exhaust system to allow more space for custom bodies; right-side steer for street sweeping, refuse and road maintenance applications; and expanded PACCAR PX-7 engine ratings.
Kenworth’s clear frame rail package, introduced earlier this year, has been improved and provides nearly 12 more inches of space for body installations. The clear frame rail package and exhaust package gives body builders even more room for customization. It frees up frame space back-of-cab and allows body builders flexibility with their components.
TThe K270 and K370 cabovers can now be specified with the PACCAR PX-7 engine at a new top rating of 260 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque, in addition to a new 200 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque rating. The standard engine rating is 220 hp with 520 lb-ft of torque, mated with an Allison 5-speed transmission.
Compared to a typical medium duty conventional, the K270 and K370 offer up to a 30 percent improvement in curb-to-curb turning, while a 63.4-inch BBC provides an extra 45 inches of payload room. The Kenworth K270 and K370 come with 22.5-inch tire and wheel packages. Kenworth also recently announced a 19.5-inch tire and wheel option for the K270 for easier curbside pick-up and delivery.

Peterbilt 389 debuts for trucking jobs

December 1st, 2014

A new Peterbilt model, 389, has debuted for those who hold trucking jobs.

Peterbilt said the truck is now in production and shipping to customers and Peterbilt dealerships throughout North America.

The truck features:

• A louvered grille design reminiscent of Peterbilt’s Model 351 (first manufactured in 1954) and manufactured from durable polished steel;
• A highly polished hood crown;
• A brightly polished hood spine;
• Polished metal hood air intake vents fashioned in the style of the original 1939’s egg crate grille pattern and integrated with the Peterbilt logo;
• Bright metal front fenders evocative of the Model 379X;
• Large polished exterior sun visor, bumper and exhaust stacks;
• Polished rocker panels complementing the bright cowl skirts, battery box, fuel tanks and trimmed mud flaps.

“Peterbilt has defined the look of trucking for generations and the new Model 389 Pride & Class embodies that spirit of bold design and legendary craftsmanship,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “Stylistically this truck deserves a place on a pedestal or in a museum, but it is every bit the workhorse that customers expect from a Peterbilt.

“It’s a head-turning tribute to an industry classic that keeps on innovating.”

Grant to help veterans get driver jobs

November 7th, 2014

A new $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been launched to help veterans get truck driver jobs.

The grant has been awarded to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.

FMCSA awards CMV-OST grants to organizations that provide truck driving training, including accredited public or private colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools, post-secondary educational institutions, truck driver training schools, associations, and state and local governments, including federally-recognized Native American tribal governments.

“Those that we entrust to protect and serve our nation deserve opportunities that utilize the skills and training they received on the job on military bases overseas and at home,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “We can think of none more appropriate to safeguard our highways as commercial vehicle drivers than the thousands of veterans who have already proven they can safely handle large vehicles under extremely stressful circumstances.”

“These unique grants are designed to help recruit, train and place veterans and their spouses in good jobs that are in high demand and in an industry that is vitally important in keeping our national economy moving forward,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “Graduates of these training programs are continuing to serve our nation by ensuring that the goods and products we depend on are delivered professionally, efficiently and, most importantly, safely.”

The funds are used to recruit, train, and provide students job placement assistance after graduation.

The 2014 FMCSA grants announced today will provide training for nearly 400 new students.  The awards were made to the following organizations:

Florida – South Florida State College, Avon Park, Fla., $58,003

Illinois – Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill., $165,800

Minnesota – Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn., $91,080

Missouri – Crowder College, Neosho, Mo., $72,160

Nebraska – Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Ne., $47,614

Pennsylvania – Northampton County Area Community College, Bethlehem, Pa., $134,400

UPS hiring for driver jobs

November 2nd, 2014

UPS, a major provider of shipment and logistics, has said it is hiring for several thousand driver jobs.

The company is ramping up for the busy holiday season.

UPS expects to hire between 90,000 – 95,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated holiday surge in package deliveries that will begin in October and continue through January 2015. The company is gearing up for increased holiday delivery volume in 2014.

The seasonal positions as package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers have long been an entry point for permanent employment, training and career opportunity after the company re-assesses its needs following the holiday period.

UPS is ready to provide customers a smooth 2014 holiday experience and has implemented the following actions since the 2013 peak shipping season:

  • Using industry-wide delivery volume forecasts and working closely with high impact leading customers, UPS has made improvements to network utilization and schedule planning.
  • Daily processing capacity will increase with the opening of new and expanded buildings, plus installation of temporary mobile sorting and delivery centers. UPS is adding thousands of new or leased delivery vehicles, trailers, aircraft and portable loading aids to flex capacity in the UPS network.
  • Added operating days and shifts – full ground delivery and pick-up operations the Friday after Thanksgiving and nearly 50 new package sorting shifts throughout the company’s existing hub locations.
  • Shipment tracking timing and accuracy will be improved with additional and mobile app upgrades for enhanced information on package location and shipment status.

FMCSA grant helps veterans get driver jobs

October 22nd, 2014

A million dollar grant awarded by the the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will go to nine community colleges to help train returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck  driver jobs.

The 2014 FMCSA grants announced today will provide training for nearly 400 new students.  The awards were made to the following organizations:

Florida – South Florida State College, Avon Park, Fla., $58,003

Illinois – Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill., $165,800

Minnesota – Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn., $91,080

Missouri – Crowder College, Neosho, Mo., $72,160

Nebraska – Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Ne., $47,614

Pennsylvania – Northampton County Area Community College, Bethlehem, Pa., $134,400

Pennsylvania – The Sage Corporation, Camp Hill, Pa., $249,968

Texas – Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, Texas, $73,704

Virginia – Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, Va., $107,271

In July 2014, FMCSA announced that the Military Skills Test Waiver Program had been expanded to include all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Under this program, state licensing agencies have authority to waive the skills test portion of the CDL application for active duty or recently separated veterans who possess at least two years of safe driving experience operating a military truck or bus. Waiving the skills test expedites the civilian commercial drivers licensing application process and reduces expenses for qualified individuals and operating costs to state licensing agencies.

“Those that we entrust to protect and serve our nation deserve opportunities that utilize the skills and training they received on the job on military bases overseas and at home,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “We can think of none more appropriate to safeguard our highways as commercial vehicle drivers than the thousands of veterans who have already proven they can safely handle large vehicles under extremely stressful circumstances.”

“These unique grants are designed to help recruit, train and place veterans and their spouses in good jobs that are in high demand and in an industry that is vitally important in keeping our national economy moving forward,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “Graduates of these training programs are continuing to serve our nation by ensuring that the goods and products we depend on are delivered professionally, efficiently and, most importantly, safely.”

The funding is provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle – Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program.

Program helps others get driver jobs

October 5th, 2014

A waiver program from U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is helping veterans obtain driver jobs.

The program helps experienced veterans and active duty personnel transition into civilian jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers has been expanded to all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Last summer Alaska became the 50th state to participate in the FMCSA Military Skills Test Waiver Program.  Begun in 2011, the Program grants state licensing agencies, including the District of Columbia, the authority to waive the skills test portion of the commercial driver’s license application for active duty or recently separated veterans who possess at least two years of safe driving experience operating a military truck or bus.

Waiving the skills test expedites the civilian commercial drivers licensing application process and reduces expenses for qualified individuals and operating costs to state licensing agencies.

Returning military service personnel who possess a state-issued Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) certificate http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/medical/skill-performance-evaluation-certificate-application-new-driver-application due to a limb impairment will automatically be recognized as equivalent to an FMCSA-issued SPE certificate and allowed to obtain an interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL).  FMCSA encourages other state licensing agencies to establish comparable equivalency SPE programs.

“Commercial drivers fulfill a vital role ensuring that America’s economy continually moves forward,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro.  “Service members who have clocked countless miles safely working behind the wheel of a military vehicle will now have more time and opportunity to find long-term employment in the commercial driving industry.  Reducing the burden of finding civilian jobs is one of the best ways we can thank members of our military and their families for their service to our nation.”

Trucker challenges influences those with driver jobs

October 5th, 2014

A group of trucking industry executives and members of America’s Road Team are taking on an activity challenge to improve the health of those with driver jobs.

The activity challenge, called the Healthy Trucker Challenge allows participants to track the the steps – walking, running, jogging – of Byrd; incoming chairman Duane Long, Longistics; Pat Thomas, UPS Inc.; Kevin Burch, Jet Express and Dave Manning, Tennessee Express and comparing them to the steps of America’s Road Team Captains Don Logan, FedEx Freight; Eddie Weeks, AAA Cooper; Jeff Halford, Con-way Freight; Don Biggerstaff, ABF Freight System and Nate Wick, UPS Freight.

Daily updates on the progress of the two teams will be posted in the ATA MC&E Exhibit Hall, and at the end of MC&E, the winning team will be awarded 10 FitBits.

“The Healthy Trucker Challenge is a tremendous way to promote healthy habits and wellness in our industry,” said outgoing ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C., “and I’m confident that I – and my fellow ATA executives – will more than keep up with America’s Road Team over the next few days.”

Trucking freight increases to affect trucking jobs

September 25th, 2014

The newest freight numbers show that trucking freight North American freight increased 8.5%, an increase that will affect trucking jobs.

Overall, freight totaled $101.1 billion in July 2014 as all five major transportation modes – air, vessel, pipeline, rail, and trucks – carried more U.S.-NAFTA freight than in July 2013, according to the TransBorder Freight Data.

In July, the value of commodities moving by pipeline grew by the largest percentage of any mode, 10.8 percent. Rail freight increased 10.0 percent followed by a truck increase of 8.5 percent, vessel increase of 5.6 percent, and an air increase of 1.2 percent.

Of the $7.9 billion increase in the value of US-NAFTA freight from July 2013, truck freight contributed the most, $4.7 billion, followed by rail, $1.4 billion.

Trucks carry three-fifths of U.S.-NAFTA freight and are the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks carried 59.2 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight in July 2014, accounting for $30.5 billion of exports and $29.3 billion of imports.

Rail remained the second largest mode, moving 14.8 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel at 9.1 percent, pipeline at 8.5 percent, and air at 3.4 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 82.4 percent of the total U.S.-NAFTA freight flows.

Trucks carried 52.7 percent of the $55.2 billion of freight to and from Canada, followed by rail at 15.2 percent, pipeline at 14.8 percent, vessel at 6.3 percent and air at 4.0 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 82.8 percent of the total U.S.-Canada freight flows.

Freight numbers who the effects of driver jobs

September 5th, 2014

The June freight numbers show that truck freight contributed the most, which boosts the importance of driver jobs.

U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $103.0 billion in June 2014 as all five major transportation modes – air, vessel, pipeline, rail, and trucks – carried more freight by value in June 2014 than in June 2013, according to the TransBorder Freight Data.

Of the $9.5 billion, or 10.2 percent, increase in US-NAFTA freight from June 2013, truck freight contributed the most, $4.4 billion, followed by pipeline, $2.1 billion. The trucking increase was predominately due to an increase in the value of U.S.-Mexico truck freight, which was up $2.9 billion, or 64.8 percent, of the total trucking increase.

Commodities moving by pipeline grew in value by the largest percentage of any mode, 35.2 percent. This increase is due, in part, to exports of crude oil by pipeline from the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana. Vessel freight increased 19.3 percent followed by a truck increase of 7.8 percent, an air increase of 6.5 percent, and a rail increase of 4.5 percent.

Trucks carry three-fifths of U.S.-NAFTA freight and are the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks carried 59.5 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight in June 2014, accounting for $29.8 billion of imports and $31.4 billion of exports.

Year-to-year, the value of U.S.-Canada freight by pipeline increased the most of any mode, growing 35.1 percent. U.S.-Canada pipeline freight was valued at $7.7 billion, 94.2 percent of total U.S.-NAFTA pipeline freight in June.  Freight by vessel increased by 24.7 percent, air by 9.5 percent, truck by 5.3 percent and rail by 1.4 percent.