Good first trucking job in Florence?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by SmzFaustus, Sep 16, 2023.

  1. SmzFaustus

    SmzFaustus Bobtail Member

    Sep 16, 2023
    I'm kind of in a pickle. I'm unfortunately on the verge of homelessness right now and I plan to turn to trucking to mitigate that. It's a job I've always wanted to do but it's been on the back burner and now I kind of need it.

    I know people warn against getting your CDL through a company, but I currently lack the money to pay for it myself.

    What's a good company to get your CDL through and stick around a year? I've heard good things about Schneider, but also heard their pay is garbage.

    Are there any other good companies to do this with? (That also has your trainer there, actually training you?)
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  3. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    The following answer assumes:

    • Your driving record is clean (no accidents/tickets in the last 5 years), &
    • You have no real criminal history (beyond say, parking tickets)

    I know of 2 CDL carriers that will provide you with room and board while you get your CDL license with them -- and also, PAY YOU A SALARY while you do this.

    Then, when you get your CDL -- you have a job waiting for you with them.

    They are:

    • R E West (in Tennessee)
    • Western Dairy Transport (in Missouri, and Texas)

    No Experience? No problem! — R. E. West Transportation (


    Of those two -- I think your odds of success might be better right now with Western Dairy Transport.

    Contact the above two carriers first -- to confirm what I said above is in fact still true.

    Neither of these would be a bad choice.

    Do keep us posted on your progress.

    -- L
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  4. 88 Alpha

    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    SouthEast Alabama
    My guess is you will need to give a little more information. There's a lot of different "Florence". Is it Florence, AL, Florence, SC or Florence, Italy?
  5. dave01282000

    dave01282000 Light Load Member

    Jun 16, 2021
    There's also Florence y'all in Kentucky. The water tower is near some truck stops on 75 south of Cincy.
  6. Lazer

    Lazer Road Train Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    There is a Florence TX.
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  7. HankScorpio

    HankScorpio Bobtail Member

    Jun 10, 2022
    Some states have cdl programs that they will pay for as well. I got my cdl b paid for through a local non-profit organization that helps people find jobs or transition to new careers. Might be worth looking into
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  8. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Florence, Co., home of Florence Super Max, some of the baddest of the bad, where I hear, there's like a 2 hour wait for the tennis courts.
    1st, and foremost, one should never go into a venture under desperation. I sympathize about your situation, no need for the particulars, the fact you want to make a change is always positive. It's not the job, good heavens, there's no shortage, but are you up to it? Schooling is costly, sometimes paid by the prospective employer, but then they have your axx, and tell you to go to the moon for .03/mile, and guess what? Off you go now,,
    Trucking is not glamorous one bit, often long hours, delays, weather, health concerns, and no real guarantee you'll do any of that upon completion. Many times folks come here saying they completed the schooling, but can't get hired. There's local city work, regional, 500 mile radius, usually home every day, just not for long, and OTR, which many prefer but you need to literally live in the truck to make any money,, and today, entirely possible. I realize, being homeless, a truck covers both ends of your situation, a job and a place to live. I'm not the biggest advocate of trucking today, and is drawing individuals like yourself with no other options. Never used to be that way, but I wish you the best of luck. Remember, there are lots of jobs out there, trucking today, I feel, is on the low end of opportunities, but could work for you. You won't be alone, that's for sure.
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  9. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    Roehl pays during training and provides lodging. I got my CDL there back in 2012 and stayed for a year. I had a good time overall, no regrets.
  10. 88 Alpha

    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    SouthEast Alabama
    I forgot about that one. I've stopped at that TA a bunch of times over the years. Even had deliveries off of that same exit.
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  11. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Florence, Italy. I was born not very far from it.
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