Finally living in florida any good local trucking companies

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Jmelendez1223, Oct 2, 2020.

  1. 88 Alpha

    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Post 45 in this thread spelled it out for you. The first 8 in the list are LTL companies, the next 4 are food service companies.

    Apply to any of the first 8 and put in your time. You will be at top pay with most, if not all, of the 8 within 3 years, all the while gaining seniority, which turns in to better bids (if you want a bid run).

    The linehaul guys get paid mileage and the job is strictly terminal-to-terminal pulling mostly wiggle-wagons. With some LTL companies, you will have to work the dock when you get there, to finish out your 14 hour clock (getting paid hourly once you start the dock work).

    The P&D guys are paid hourly and have set start times (ie, leave the terminal gate at 0600 every morning) and you go to customers in your assigned areas picking up a pallet or 2 here and there and bring it back to the terminal to be put on an linehaul truck along with other pallets with a similar destination, so they can go across the country or across the state to be put back on another P&D truck to be delivered to another customer.

    Speak to the terminal manager of each company that is within a reasonable driving distance to you (do really want to drive 2 hours to work, put in 14 hours, then drive 2 hours back home every day or would you rather drive to a different company that is only 15 mins from your house?). See what each terminal manager has an opening for, and apply.

    It's that simple. You either get hired, or you won't. If you don't, do what you need to do to clean up your record, gain more experience, etc. Keep trying and you will eventually get on with one of them.
     
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  3. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

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    Get all your endorsements and get into a LTL outfit like FedEx Freight.
     
  4. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Step by step blue print right there. Doesn't get any simpler.
     
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  5. jmz

    jmz Heavy Load Member

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    Is it really though? That’s what I’m saying, many local drivers on here have found great companies where they make really great money. Look at how many miles and hours some of us are putting in, and then look at the pay for their company. $1500+ is common and $1800+ is attainable on the linehaul side. @KaoMinerva made great money running extra board for Estes out of Memphis. There are some poor paying local jobs out there, but it’s not accurate to say “most local jobs aren’t paying.”

    I feel like we went over this with you at some point a long time ago. @88 Alpha posted some great advice above. I don’t know where you got your year of experience, but it might not be enough if even the food and beverage companies won’t touch you.
     
  6. KaoMinerva

    KaoMinerva Road Train Member

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    If money is what you're after, you can't go wrong with LTL. Old dominion, Estes, Whatever... It's a good investment. I worked 3 days last week and it doesn't matter because I've saved up so much money running 3500+miles a week during the summer.
     
  7. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    When I say most local jobs, it ain't limited to LTL or P&D. In reality, those are the only ones that pay worth a crap. It's only so many of those to go around. You have food service, beverages, local gigs with big companies, other vendors etc. I worked for 7up/Snapple several years ago. The money wasnt bad considering I was in my bed every night. Those jobs are dependent on the route your get, mine wasnt the highest paying by a long shot. It was enough to make a living. I'm doing better with OTR than when I had that job. I actually like OTR better to be honest. The local drivers that have done well on TTR are just a fraction, albeit a small one, that make big money and can be home every night. There are so many factors that figure into it. Not only that, many LTL gigs will take a little time for a driver to get to that point. Some people are fortunate to get a good gig right off and others, as in OP's case have to pay some dues. The faster he just accepts he has to do what he has to do, the faster he can get the ball rolling to his ideal job and lifestyle.
     
  8. Danny707

    Danny707 Light Load Member

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    Check into NFI as well see what they got. They have flat rate pay as well I live in Virginia and get paid $275 or $300 helping other NFI-G&P accounts. Today was a Lowe’s load it paid me $275 for a 4 1/2 hour day, Drop N Hook store to DC back to store.
     
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  9. jmz

    jmz Heavy Load Member

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    Foodservice pays pretty good too, I was making over $26/hr at US Foods fresh out of CDL school. Beverage side can be hit and miss, I’ve seen sub $20/hr offers and others that are comparable to foodservice. I have friends who deliver groceries and others who work for bakeries moving bread around, all making great money. Now that is the limit of my direct knowledge about local pay, but it represents a not insignificant portion of the industry.

    Normally I’d also disagree about the whole “paying your dues” nonsense, but the OP is definitely having a hard enough time finding work that it might be something to consider in this instance. A year of steady CDL-A work, no matter what it is, will do a lot for getting interviews with local gigs.
     
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  10. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    No disagreement totally. Like I said l, some do make great money. It all depends on location, and other factors. It ain't going to be a huge abundance of those positions. That's why it helps to make yourself as qualified as possible. OP has limited experience, and apparently not the best luck. It appears he may have to take the long hard road. Others just get lucky I guess. Those who are fortunate to get a good paying local job, we can't really use those as an example to help these newbies because each individual path is different.
     
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  11. flybynight12

    flybynight12 Medium Load Member

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    Roll On down to cr eangland I make a lot more than these ltl people do.
     
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