My history. Show me yours.
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I always gave my hats to my son. He still has them.
Little Audreys Refer, Apex Bulk Flat & Tanker IWX refer, Valley Bulk Flat & Tanker, Centerline Flats Vans Dry & Refer Tanker varied depending on customer, Arnett Truck Flat & Tanker, Legend Dry Van,Pepsi (New Bern) Dry Van, AECOM (Cannot disclose), Trader Bo's Flat & Dry Van..
Superior Beverage Group 2014-2015
GFS (Gordon Food Service) 2015-2023
ABF Freight System 3/20/2023-5/5/2023 (ABF was cool and all it just wasn't quite the right fit.)
GFS (Gordon Food Service) 5/2023 - Present (As long as I can, GFS has it's good points, plus I'm on night shuttle/ line which is way different than city.)
I don’t remember the years; been in the game for almost a decade.
I’ve had three CDL jobs:
I started at a Budweiser distributor about 2 years. Then I went to a miller distributor for about 1 year, and have been at aaa cooper aka swift LTL ever since.
I had to stop doing beverage I was in my early 20s already getting back pain/stiffness issues.
I actually enjoyed working at Miller/JJ Taylor, but the money wasn’t there at the time and my back was having issues.
I remember I told HR it was like a 26% raise; Miller at the time paid like $130 per day + 2.15 a stop + 0.05 a carton of cigarettes. Came out to about $1550 biweekly and aaa cooper offered me 26.60 about 8 years ago I wanna say.
I've done a bit I think. In chronological order, but with dates omitted for privacy reasons.
5 ton local work for a nursery.
Truck and trailer, flats and van work, delivering a certain building material locally.
Reefer work. Mostly Western States.
Short haul quad-quad step deck and B-Train work. Including over-dimensional.
Hauling around sea cans locally.
Local P&D work with a company that paints its trucks swamp holly orange. (Yes, I did get the hat too!)
Operating a tilt deck wrecker, local P&D of material handling equipment, typically forklifts.
Local work driving around B-Train side dumps hauling around gravel & dirt.
Operating a concrete mixer around town.
Local work driving around standard dump trucks & trailers.
Back to swamp holly orange, round #2. (They didn't give me a hat that time around, but then again I didn't stick around for that long either, for reasons that are probably obvious to many here)
And then back to hauling gravel around town!
Now that I look at this list, I've really bounced around a lot during time in the industry so far!Rideandrepair Thanks this.
I wear NO hats, caps, etc. I proud to have a full head of hair(“History”;…..salt and pepper for color and always comb neat). Only hat I wear is Hard hat at sites that require ppe gear.
PS. Real Men don’t dye there hairLast edited: May 7, 2023
1982 - 1990 Fire trucks - mostly 10 wheelers but we had a 14 wheeler tractor trailer tanker that no one on my shift wanted to drive, so I drove it most of the time. Local parish (county) wide
1993 - 2004 Waste(d) Management Roll-off - N/E La
2005 - 2007 Owner Op - one ton 40' flat gooseneck Hot Shot - south, S/E, east & mid west
2007 - 2012 Local family op - curtain side - short regional 5 states south
2013 - 2019 Local family plastics business - dry van - south central 5 states
2019 - current - First Fleet - dry van - south central 5 states
41 year span minus 3 year break from 1990 - 1993 = about 38 years.
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