Crete/Shaffer or Heartland

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  1. eptp88

    eptp88 Bobtail Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    Nashville, Georgia
    I was scheduled for orientation with Shaffer before Christmas but due to a family illness I rescheduled for next week. The recruiter said I had a choice of Crete or Shaffer and to let him know by Friday. The thing is last week Heartland called and said I was approved and that next week is good for their orientation as well. Any one have any ideas. Heartland is more per mile but I have heard more positive things about Crete/Shaffer. Any help will be appreciated
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  3. local driver

    local driver Light Load Member

    Nov 8, 2010
    SE Michigan
    from what i understand heartland does pay more but less miles..i heard bout 2000 to 2200 miles a week at heartland. lots of short runs:biggrin_25513:
  4. Mortar Man

    Mortar Man Road Train Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    Shaffer / Crete = same place to work

    Reefer vs Van

    But both are CCC owned

    Crete Carrier Corp (CCC)
  5. Johnnyr33

    Johnnyr33 Light Load Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    I don't think I have ever heard anything good about Heartland..I know there is alot of long time employee's that love Crete/Shaffer.
  6. ChromeDome

    ChromeDome Road Train Member

    Jun 10, 2007
    Lakeland, FL
    I work at Heartland, but almost swapped to Crete this past summer.
    I would go with them. I get ok miles at Heartland and I am home most weekends, but this is not the case in some of the terminals.
    Also Heartland pays short miles and Crete pays Practical. So you will get paid for more of what you do.
    I almost always get better than 2200 per week in paid miles. But I regularly run 300-500 more than what I get paid.
    Also Crete has better benefits.

    On the refer vs dry thing it is your call. I would go with dry for more drop and hook. But many people love reefer.
  7. zyk285

    zyk285 Medium Load Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    North Carolina
    I would go with Shaffer over Crete, seems like refrigerated loads keep you running or they used to keep me going good. When I did dry, I did not ever get to run very hard, although; I was not w/Crete. I hear Crete is a good company. Looks like you could get on with either Crete or Shaffer and switch if you dont like one or the other.
  8. bamanation

    bamanation Medium Load Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Muscle Shoals ,AL
    Also remember if you haul a reefer around you can also haul dry freight. So keep that in mind.
  9. drivenaway

    drivenaway Light Load Member

    Jan 4, 2009
    Home weekends sounds good
  10. mike91118

    mike91118 Medium Load Member

    Feb 9, 2010
    ive have seen crete drivers pull shaffer trailers and shaffer drivers pull crete trailers
  11. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Light Load Member

    Feb 13, 2009
    Lexington, KY
    Not always. There are a lot of shippers that will not load a reefer trailer because of weight issues - pallets of product have to be "cut", because of the extra weight of the ThermoKing and the reefer fuel tank, in order to avoid being over gross weight.

    Also, there are paper companies that will not ship rolls of newsprint on a reefer trailer - the serrated/ribbed floor causes damage to the rolls of newsprint when they're stacked on the floor.

    FWIW - I drive for Crete, and if I had a choice between Crete/Shaffer and Heartland... I'd go back to school and study to become a Pharmacy Technician. :)
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