McFarland Truck Lines, Inc., Austin, MN

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  1. DRTDEVL

    DRTDEVL Medium Load Member

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    On occasion. Most of the loads we haul out that way are inbound for Fremont... it has to do with how Hormel is broken down by region and where the freight is going. We don't go out west, nor the deep south. Our drivers are rarely more than a day away from their home, and we intend to keep it that way.

    We do a LOT of in/out for Austin, Algona, Knoxville (IA), Rochelle, Beloit, and Dayton, along with Dold Foods in Wichita. Mostly inbound for Fremont and Tucker. We have good return contracts from other customers in GA/AL, but not so much out of NE, hence the dispatcher and ops guy's (invalid) complaint.
     
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  3. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

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    Thanks for the reply , I grew in Minnesota and always wondered what you guys did .
    Been in omaha for ages now and leased to Morehouse the last 5 years.
     
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    Where does your Osceola & Knoxville Ia. freight mostly go ?
     
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    Dang near everywhere in our footprint. Possibly the most in/out freight of anywhere we go is Osceola.

    I got a first-hand account as to the issue with Fremont. They were actually whining that the drivers being hired were coming from Omaha and Bellevue, so the complaint was that they would drive 45 miles home, only to turn around 2 days later and drive 45 miles back those 90 miles were all they had issue with, because its within the 50 mile guidance, but there was nothing closer for them to grab and go after home time.. They currently run eastbound and southbound out of Fremont.
     
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    bzinger Road Train Member

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    Lmao ....they wouldn't like my ethic then .
    I think nothing of deadheading home from ft dodge then deadhead to Columbus nebr a couple days later .
     
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    Home base is 4 miles From Osceola.. thats why I ask & serious
     
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    That might work out good for you .
     
  9. DRTDEVL

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    We'll start with the compensation package. As I said, its an odd duck and looks cheap, but the totality of everything else makes up for the initial low mileage rates.

    <1800 miles = 1.10 for all miles that week
    1800-2399 = 1.12 for all miles
    >2400 = 1.16 for all miles
    In addition:
    0.01/mile safety per qtr
    $30/hr detention
    Additional stops are $46
    100% FSC passed on to O/O
    Cell Phone reimbursement of $25/mo
    $1250 signing bonus
    $2000 referral bonus
    License refund program... Year 1=0, 2=25%, 3=50%, 4=75%, 5 and beyond 100% of your base plate costs
    $200 per clean DOT inspection (we have one guy with a purposely ratty-looking truck that lives off these bonuses, as "the man" thinks he's found one every time he enters the coops, but his truck is actually in tip-top shape)
    100% paid scales, tolls, reefer fuel, lumpers, and trailer/load insurance
    Rider program
    Fuel Discounts
    PM discounts
    Discounted bobtail, PD rates
    We calculate your IFTA

    As I said, the base rate looks horrible, but most of your expenses are handled or reduced by the company on the back side.

    Still sound like its worth looking in to?
     
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    PM ....me when you have extra time ..
     
  11. Catmando

    Catmando Road Train Member

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    Maybe.. I'am gonna have a extra truck sitting and either need to sell it or put it on midwest runs
     
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