Is Swift's flatbed division being transferred to Knight?

Discussion in 'Swift' started by sweatpants, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. sweatpants

    sweatpants Bobtail Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    I came across this post recently on reddit.

    link -> Moving on from Swift : Truckers

    Can any company drivers confirm this? I'm looking to hire on with Swift's flatbed division when I finish CDL school in November.
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  2. A21CAV

    A21CAV Road Train Member

    Oct 4, 2011
    Laredo, TX
    I can't answer your question but there are Swift flatbed drivers who post here who will help you.

    Bear in mind that Knight owns Swift and the actual name of the company is Knight - Swift Transportation Company.

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  3. sweatpants

    sweatpants Bobtail Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Thanks for the reply. Due to my circumstances (unemployed since 2013) I was hoping to enter the flatbed division on the Swift side of the company.

    I've read Swift is more lenient on poor work history if you provide notarized affidavits.
    From what I've read here on Knight, they are much stricter on work history.

    My understanding is both companies operate seperately (seperate hiring practices) under common ownership, but maybe this has changed?
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  4. cmarona463

    cmarona463 Light Load Member

    Apr 26, 2014
    Pinson, AL
    I am a Swift flatbed driver and I personally haven't heard any mention of this. One thing I do know is that Knight doesn't have a typical flatbed division. They have a dedicated customer called Hydro I think, which was formerly SAPA (I may have that a little off as far as naming), and this division hauls aluminum extrusions on flatbeds, and they run back hauls to get back to the Hydro plants. But they don't run general flatbed freight, and it is a much much smaller operation than the Swift flatbed division.

    So it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense that they would transfer the flatbed division to the Knight operations.

    Also it is correct that "Knight" and "Swift" run separate operations right now, but Kevin Knight is the CEO of the umbrella company that owns both entities.
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  5. FerrissWheel

    FerrissWheel Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2015
    Just now saw this post.

    I am a Swift Flatbed driver, (have trained, probably will again.) And one of very few OSOW drivers we have. I have had a sit down with everyone in the Phoenix office at one point or another over something. And fairly recently even more so.

    There is no intention currently of transferring Swifts flatbed division to Knight. (We do however have use of thier Permits dept for Trip permits. (Something most drivers at swift flatbed will never worry about.)

    There was a rumor that Swift Flatbed was getting squeezed out, this was brought to the attention of certain stake holders. And immediatly we bought 75 trailers or so and ordered the new KWs. We aint going away any time soon.

    As one of my mangers stated "we started it all, and we are not shutting down anytime soon."

    We have been training drivers like mad, so go ahead and throw your hat in the ring, we could always use someone willing to do this job. (Correctly)
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