I'm set up to go to Halvor around mid December, could someone give some insight on them such as home time, average miles and just the overall company as a whole (equipment, culture) I live in NC
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Hometime could be sketchy for you at times...when they say they run east they usually mean OH, PA, NJ, NY, MD..and remember unless its a major break down they want all truck services covered in Superior.
Pay is a little low in my opinion even for a student, If you get good miles and don't destroy things you will get whatever their safety bonus has turned into today, was an additional .04 per mile when I was there. Rand McNally short miles and electronic logs of course.
Most equipment I remember being under 4 years old for trucks and under 500000 miles, trailers probably 5 or 6 years old max. Trucks are underpowered but as a whole pretty reliable. They used to be strictly Kenworths with a few freigtliners, now i see a little bit of everything.
What I did not like was all the politics and cheerleading BS that goes on there. They seem to be more concentrated on their community involvement/company image/"get the fat truck driver back into shape program" versus actually getting the majority of their drivers big miles and making them big money.
They want everyone to think they are still an elite fleet, in my opinion they are just so-so overall. If you choose them get your year or two in and move on. If you like it there, Better you than me.
I left their at a bad time for the trucking industry, the housing crash 2008 or so, when a lot of trucking outfits bit the dust. So maybe they have changed since then, but as an experienced driver i would probably not one to come back unless i had to.
Some driver in Texas posted he was hired at Halvor, so maybe their lanes have expanded.
If they have steady freight heading to your area home time every 7 to 10 days should be no issue.
The issue most of us had was with reloading on the east coast, the loads from there going to he midwest dont pay good...and like most companies they depend a lot on brokers...so thats where we ended up laying over a lot and waiting.
If you deliver in NC and they cant find freight that day they could just send you home, which could work to your advantage. Keep in mind they wont pay you to drive home, only the miles between your last delivery and next reload.
When I worked there they were not nearly as strict as some companies were with out of route miles to get you home. That may have changed but I am just telling you the way I remember it.
Check the other thread you started.
Debbie wont BS you, if thats who the recruiter still is.
To be honest they try to save some of the loads for drivers who live in a particular area.
What you have to realize is that trucking is not a perfect world, it does always work perfect 100% of the time.
But I can say with pretty good confidence they have enough freight to and from the NC area.
When I worked there we had a delicery in Hendersonville, sometimes three trucks per day. Often times we would reload paper out of somewhere in Ashville/Waynesville area coming back to the midwest.
The important thing is to be a little flexible and realize trucking is not a perfect 9 to 5 job.
As a starter company, you can do a lot worse than Halvor Lines, trust me. Just read some of the horror stories on here, "Werner trainer craps himself" never gets old.
Millis out of Black River Falls, WI is also a decent outfit to start out with. They have maybe 1000 trucks or so compared to HLs roughly 350 something. The advantage their is even more freight in your home state. Disadvatange is you are more of a truck number with a bigger company.
I would not want to work for a company any bigger than that.
All I can tell you is my experiences from over 8 years ago, so things may have changed, hopefully for the better. There have got to be at least a few of their drivers on here who can fill you in.
Outbound loads from Superior, if lots of loads are available you are given a ** cough, cough** ... "choice" of outbound loads.
Your reload is whatever they can find you, usually heading back toward Chicago, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, or Duluth in as direct of a way as possible. Sometimes you may have to reload out east, deliver in Chicagoland, reload in Chicagoland, then deliver up in their neck of the woods.
As I said, its been over eight years. The majority of their freight at that time went to the states I already mentioned.
A good chunk also went to Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia too...but dont plan on going there every week.
The longer runs like Laredo, Florida, California, Pacific NW they liked to save for the teams and the brown nosers. Thats not to say you will never get to go there...just telling it like I remember it.
BTW I only did vans and reefers when HL still had reefers, never flats. About the time I left a lot of the flatbed guys were fighting over van loads because freight was so slow...
No you would not absolutely have to go directly back and forth to NC...but keep in mind that if you are sitting in Superior and want to be home in 3 days, common sense tells you not to take a load going to Texas or Florida.
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