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Trucking companies increase pay for truck driver jobs

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Various trucking companies in Iowa and across the nation are recognizing the important role drivers play in our economy by raising pay for truck driver jobs.

For example, Barr-Nunn President Rene Beacom recently announced an increase in pay for Hazmat drivers.

“I’m excited about the growth of our company. We want to recognize our Hazmat drivers for a job well done, service, performance and outstanding safety with extra incentives such as additional pay and bonuses.”

The Granger-based company is a large dry van freight company with over 500 tractors and 1,500 trailers. The company serves the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest regions of the nation.

Truck drivers are in high demand in Iowa.

Andrea J. of the Iowa Workforce Development agency said, “I have heard that there are fewer opportunities for driver training in our state. If there are fewer trained drivers, then there will be fewer drivers to take driving positions. I think trucking companies in Iowa are struggling to find good drivers for that reason.”

Another company, J.B. Hunt Transport, recently announced the addition of 20 high-paying local truck driving jobs in Iowa. Local dedicated jobs through J.B. Hunt include retirement options, comprehensive benefits, vacation pay, daily home time and steady paychecks. In addition, experienced truck drivers who hire on for these positions can expect higher than average compensation as well as a sign-on bonus.

“We need well experienced drivers to fill these positions in Iowa right away,” notes Jennifer K., human resources coordinator at J.B. Hunt. “We rely on superior drivers to meet the requirements of our Buckeye account. We are willing to pay top dollar for professional, well-qualified drivers.”

Based on a calculation of the take-home pay for 1,827 currently open trucking positions, Iowa drivers are paid $10,000 more per year than the national average.

Average salaries can vary depending upon industry, location, company, driver experience and optional benefits.

“I like to drive in Iowa,” said professional truck driver Bobby T. of Des Moines during a lay-over at a Petro truck stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “I’ve driven through lots of states, but Iowa has a nice landscape. The highways are well maintained. Plus, when I have a route in Iowa, I can go home more often.”

CDL bill will help fill truck driver jobs

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

A new bill recently passed by Congress will make it easier for veterans to obtain truck driver jobs.

The Military Commercial Drivers License Act of 2012 is a bill that will ease the transition of recent veterans into jobs as commercial truck drivers.

The bill, which would allow uniformed servicemembers to get a CDL where they are stationed, rather than in their home state, will make it easier for soldiers and sailors to move from military to civilian life.

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves thanked the House and Senate for quickly passing the Military Commercial Drivers License Act of 2012, a bill that will ease the transition of recent veterans into jobs as commercial truck drivers.

As the economy continues to recover, it is becoming ever more challenging for trucking companies to find qualified drivers to move America

Company creates numerous truck driver jobs

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Through its huge holiday season hiring initiative, Walmart will be creating many truck driver jobs.

The retail giant said this week it will hiring thousands for the holiday season, including many driver jobs.

Walmart plans on hiring 50,000 people to ramp up for the seasonal rush.

Gisel Ruiz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S. said in an article:

ATA calls for changes surrounding trucking jobs

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

The American Trucking Association said this week it testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit regarding changes to make the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Truck drivers celebrated during appreciation week

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Truck Driver Appreciation Week is dedicated to celebrating the service truck drivers provide.

As the nation prepares to honor and celebrate the millions of professional truck drivers delivering America

Prospects in truck driver jobs

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

If you want to become a truck driver, now is a great time. There are literally hundreds of thousands of opportunities across the United States. Commerce is teeming, and with teeming commerce you need many fleets of trucks to carry goods from point A to point B.

The duties of a truck driver include transporting finished goods and raw materials over land, typically to and from manufacturing plants, retail and distribution centers. Truck drivers are responsible for inspecting their vehicles for mechanical items or issues relating to safe operation. Others, such as driver/sales workers, are also responsible for sales and customer service.

There are many different types of trucks you can drive if you choose to become a driver. There is a freight hauler, construction hauler, hazardous hauler, tank hauler, flat bed hauler, local hauler, road driver, long haul driver, low boy hauler, small doubles, large doubles, triples small, straight trucks, or other specialized hauling. You may need different endorsements for these.

But for all of these, you will need to get your CDL, or commercial driving license. These can be obtained at truck driving schools. There are public institutions, private schools, and motor carrier training. At these training places, you’ll learn to drive a truck and you will need to clock a certain number of hours on the road before you are green-lighted to get the CDL. Once this has been obtained, you can begin looking for work.

Some truck drivers work independently. They own and service their own trucks but accept jobs to deliver loads from one place to another. These are typically called long haul truckers.

There are typically three different types of truck drivers – owners/operators, company drivers, and independent owner/operators. Owner/operators own the trucks they drive and can either lease their trucks by contract with a trucking company to haul freight for that company using their own trucks, or they haul loads for a number of companies and are self-employed independent contractors. Others who aren’t financially ready to purchase a truck yet can lease a truck from a company and make payments on it to buy it in two to five years.

Truck drivers win big at championship

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Many truck drivers came together to compete at the 2012 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships.

The Grand Champion was FedEx Freight’s Don Logan.

This is the third win for Don at the national level, placing first in the three-axle class in 2009 and in the twins class in 2010. Don holds six state titles.

Logan is a FedEx Freight professional truck driver from Topeka, Kansas.

ATA’s Truck Driving Championships included top professional truck drivers from around the nation competing at state and regional levels to make it to the national competition Aug. 7-11 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Don’s driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information topped those of 425 other professional drivers from all across the United States in the National Truck Driving Championships, held in Minneapolis, Minn. The 75th annual “Super Bowl of Safety” is sponsored by the American Trucking Associations.

Don has logged 25 years as a professional truck driver, with over 2.1 million miles behind the wheel. Don began competing in his state truck driving championships in 2006, and this year he made his sixth trip to the National Truck Driving Championships.

Don also won the individual flatbed truck driving competition. Joining Don as champions in their respective classes:

Straight Truck: PA – Robert Dolan, Con-way Freight, Allentown, Pa.Three-Axle: MA – Roland Bolduc, FedEx Express, Windsor, Conn.Four-Axle: NE – Scott Stroup, YRC Freight, Omaha, Neb.Five-Axle: ID – Michael Grogan, Con-way Freight, Boise, IdahoFlatbed: KS – Donald Logan, FedEx Freight, Topeka, Kan.Tank Truck: KY – Brent Quire, Con-way Freight, Louisville, Ky.Twins: AL -Michael Umphrey, Con-way Freight, Decatur, Ala.Sleeper Berth: PA – Leo Flack, A. Duie Pyle, Inc., West Chester, Pa.Step Van: Edward Gertz, FedEx Express, Londonderry, N.H.

Don Logan succeeds Paul Phillips, a professional truck driver with Con-way Freight from Coarsegold, Calif., as the National Grand Champion.

Robert Sutton, a driver for ABF Freight System, Inc. from Boise, Idaho, was named the 2012 National Rookie of the Year after competing in the Three-Axle division. Xata Corporation is the sponsor of the award.

“The National Truck Driving Championships competitors are the best of the best – the safest, most skilled and most knowledgeable among professional drivers,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “I applaud all the competitors for their achievements and dedication to safety, and congratulate Don on his Grand Champion award which showcases his superior driving skill and commitment to safety.”

Truck driver jobs growing

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The number of truck driver jobs seems to grow exponentially every month, according to many results and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many companies are looking for experienced drivers, but because of the driver shortage, some are looking to overlook this.

A new report by the American Trucking Associations supports that expectation. According to the report, most carriers surveyed said they cannot find enough experienced drivers to fill demand. Although 56 percent of fleets interviewed by the ATA said they do not hire inexperienced truck drivers, they are now considering it.

Efforts to reduce the number of accidents caused by fatigued drivers prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to revise its hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers and imposed stiff penalties for violators.

Commercial drivers and companies must comply with the new rule by July 1, 2013. State officials are already cracking down on HOS violators. Improved coordination of inspection sites is helping to facilitate that crackdown.

Right now companies really need truck drivers. Freight is stacking up or is getting to its final destination late.

“Right now we are having to hire third party drivers, contract drivers, to come in and carry what we can’t. We currently have sixty-three full time drivers and a small amount of part time drivers but we would love to have between fifteen and twenty more by the end of the year. It’s basically because we have a lot of volume in a warehouse, and we’ve got to transport that. We’ve got to get that out, and we need people to do it,” said LaRanda Parnacher, a human resources administrative assistant with DOT Foods told in an article.

Company looks to fill truck driver jobs

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

J.B. Hunt said last week it is searching to fill truck driver jobs.

The dedicated carrier is hiring for 20 positions in Yorktown, Ind. and surrounding areas.

Northwest Arkansas-based J.B. Hunt is growing its business in Indiana. It provides dedicated contract carriage services to approximately 400 customer locations throughout the United States.

J.B. Hunt said it has recently begun operating a regional driving fleet based in Yorktown. The company is seeking 20 experienced truck drivers to fill regional dedicated jobs. Driving positions offer steady pay, weekly home time and comprehensive benefits, including 401(k) retirement options.

Drivers can earn from the middle to upper fifty thousands driving regionally. Experienced drivers who live within 75 miles of Yorktown are eligible to apply for driving jobs.

Ward Opens Regional Fleet to Drivers with 1 Year OTR or Regional Experience

Friday, July 13th, 2012

In an effort to provide exceptional opportunities for Class A CDL drivers, Ward Truckload Express, LLC has opened their