Flatbed midwest regional

Discussion in 'Swift' started by superscooter, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. superscooter

    superscooter Light Load Member

    I was heading for the midwest regional flatbed soon and was wondering about any input i could get. I heard something about the "triangle". What is it exactly, and is that mostly or somewhat your routing? I heard something about Texas . South Carolina and either Indiana or Ill. I did have someone on here say it's a pretty good route and i'll enjoy it.
     
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  3. superscooter

    superscooter Light Load Member

    I'm leaving tonight on the 12:55a bus from Columbia Mo. to Rochelle Ill. It's like a 14hr bus ride, yes, you read it right. I'm heading there for 3 days of Orientation and right after being shuttled for 2 days up to Gary Indiana for the flatbed training,...then Mentor. The Rochelle place is actually i believe a "Central Refrigeration" office/hub/terminal or whatever. I know Swift bought them.I was confirmed in the Midwest regional division. If anybody wondering, you don't get paid for the 1st day of orientation,..but you get hourly Minimum wage on the 2nd and 3rd day. You then also get paid that on each of the 2 days of flatbed training. THAT is better than the flat $100 ONLY i heard from the Swift rep at my school.
     
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  4. dngrous_dime

    dngrous_dime Road Train Member

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    Gary, IN..... Greer is their SC terminal.
     
  5. superscooter

    superscooter Light Load Member

    okay, thank you. There is a Greer Indiana, that's why i mixed up.
     
  6. dngrous_dime

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  7. superscooter

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    you know,...i'm not bored enough to argue over this. There IS A GREER township in Indiana. PERIOD. I said thank you the first time
     
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  8. SteveH85396

    SteveH85396 Road Train Member

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    When I ran the "triangle" it consisted of Laredo, the Carolinas, and the upper midwest.

    An example might be a steel coil from Sawyer, MI to Laredo, frame rails from Laredo to Freightliner in Gaffney, SC, then Freightliner motorhome chassis from Gaffney to Winnebago in Forest City, IA. This was the last triangle I ran before quitting flatbed.
     
  9. plant

    plant Heavy Load Member

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    This. When I was there, most common triangle was a coil from burns harbor IN or Middletown OH to laredo tx, then frame rails to freightliner in Cleveland NC or gaffney SC (or pro masters anywhere to the south east. I took pro masters to Miami once and deadhead all the way to gaffney), and then bread truck chassis to Sturgis MI. Rinse and repeat. Great runs I had a lot of fun doing it.
     
  10. SteveH85396

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    I delivered to Sturgis, MI and Cleveland, NC as well. I picked up steel in Huger, SC (place gave me the creeps) as well as a couple places in Indiana. I also delivered to Caterpillar in NC.

    Flatbed was a lot of fun and I loved the fact that I could eat whatever I wanted and still lose a pound a week. Unfortunately my arthritic shoulder took exception to the physical requirements so I switched to van.
     
  11. superscooter

    superscooter Light Load Member

    Thanks guys. I finished orientation up in Rochelle Ill, then was sent over to Gary Indiana for two days of flatbed training,..which ended up being only one day. Then the two other trainees and me met with the flatbed operations manager with the driver development lady on speaker phone. I have to say, it seemed pretty unorganized. One guys mentor was way up in the east coast,..and my mentor was way out in Utah with no loads coming this way. What the heck? The one guy was told he could drive home( only few hours away). I brought up how i live in Missouri along I-70 and i guess i could meet up there later. So,...after taking a LONG bus ride to Rochelle for a 3-day orientation...and 1 day flatbed,...it was another LONG bus ride back to mid Mo. Now, i'm supposed to be Regional flatbed,..shouldn't i be with a mentor in the regional group? Are they that short? I have another question,..I was told by recruiter that being midwest regional flatbed,..i'd be out around 2 weeks at a time. The guy doing the flatbed training said being regional flatbed,.. " It won't be nightly,...but probably 3-4 days out sometimes. WELL,..which is it? I know it's a big company,..but i admit i already am getting a little frustrated here.
     
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