Companies near Albany, NY for a new Driver?

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by Subseven, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. Subseven

    Subseven Bobtail Member

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    As I said in my first post, I can’t be loading and unloading.

    I doubt Price Chopper and Cusco is drop and hook / no touch. I’ll ask though.

    I’ve heard some tanker jobs don’t require climbing up on top of your tank some do. A Stewart’s gas guy told me he never climbs up. They require 2 years of experience though.
     
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  3. Hulld

    Hulld Road Train Member

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    Unfortunately almost aspects of trucking require physical labor.
    Even if you did only drop and hook there is still physical labor cranking landing gear up and down, pulling fifth wheel pins etc.
    You will also find dragging those heavy hoses doing tanker work is no easy task either.
    Price Chopper does do drop and hook doubles on the thruway but that work is for the experienced drivers.
    It’s going to be hard to find local drop and hook work that is local especially with little to no experience.
     
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  4. Subseven

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    Landing gear, hook ups, and hoses wouldn’t be a problem. If I can’t find something, I just might have to go regional with as much home time as I can get.
     
  5. homeskillet

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    I ran for ARG several years ago. The only reason I left was to go back to school.

    I suggest you call the Rensselaer terminal directly and ask if they run NYC. The furthest south I ever ran for them was Saugerties. We did a lot of Stewart's, and the Thruway service plazas when Sandri couldn't cover them.

    Some people will disagree, but give Land-Air of New England a call. Their night linehaul is easy as it gets. Leave Albany for one of the following: Springfield, MA; Newburgh NY; Williston, VT, or Scarborough,ME. There was another one near Worcester, MA, but I forget where. It didn't pay great, but it's experience.

    I got fired because I spun out on black ice and wrecked one of their trucks. They towed it back to the rocket scientists in Williston, and a year later I saw it back on the road.

    There's a gravel hauler down on Pearl Street in Albany, just past the road into the port.I forget the name, they run black trucks. Whatever you do, DON'T get mixed up with them. I heard many stories of torture and abuse from ex-drivers.

    Speaking of gravel, maybe try Fane? They have a good rep.
     
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  6. DieselDrivinDaddy

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    I pulled milk tanker for Wadhams in PA for a year.

    I don’t know much about their operation in NY but they were a good company to work for.

    Long hours but the money was good. I also enjoyed the challenge of getting in and out of farms that were designed for a truck half the size.
     
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  7. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    Well, ya got it mostly wrong again, to the surprise of no one here.....

    First, Grand Union as a brand ceased to exist in 2013. They were bought by Top's in 2012.

    Second, pulling turnpike doubles has very little to do with "bawls", and much to do with seniority, as Hulld pointed out.

    "Finally but not last", not just "anyone" can pull turnpike doubles. After training on doubles with your carrier, you have to demonstrate your competence in making and breaking sets to the satisfaction of the NY State Police, who then issue you a card authorizing you to pull doubles on the Thruway. I heard from guys at RIST, ARG's sister company, that the staties were not shy about rejecting an unprepared applicant.
     
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  8. Subseven

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    Their milk division up here is in Cambridge, NY and only pays 17/ hr.
     
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    Like I said, I know very little about their NY operations.

    That’s strange that they pay less up there than in PA. I started at $21/hr a few years ago.
     
  10. Subseven

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    Yeah. Their ARG fuel Division in Rensselaer starts at 19/hr. And that’s with NYC runs included.
     
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  11. Subseven

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    I'm going to see what RIST pays.
     
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