STAY AWAY FROM K&B Transport

Discussion in 'Report A BAD Trucking Company Here' started by nawdew, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. nawdew

    nawdew Bobtail Member

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    Hello, 16 yr. verteren here. After working for Trans Am a while back, when I decided to go back into trucking, I decided to work for K&B. I love "Boy" trucks, meaning Freightliner Classics, KW's, you know, the big, I own the road trucks as my wife calls them. Anyway, they have this weird mile guarantee, DON'T BE FOOLED by this. But the "I am quitting" clincher is their attitude towards vehicle maintenance. I developed a bad exhaust leak, the "S-Pipe" cracked and the exhaust was finding it's way into the cab. Most companies that I have for in the past take this type of issue seriously, DUH. Well, K&B ran me for 2 1/2 days more before getting me to a shop. Funny thing was, I was Cedar Rapids, at a Frieghtliner shop. If you know the area, then you know where I am talking about. What was happening to me, at night, the highway lights, the glare from them when I would look, these blue and purple spots kinda floated in my vision. Please beware of this company, best choice for refeer my be Trans Am. I have always believed, you can tell alot about a company by how they treat maintenance and maintain their equipment.
     
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  3. mockman

    mockman Bobtail Member

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    I thought there stuff was wore out too, dispatch was kind of arrogant and disorganized. My main guy was okay, but have yet to see last paycheck too. Pretty bad when they don't even pay there help. First thing I got there, everyone said they were buttholes to work for. live and learn I guess, sure sit around alot doing nothing but waiting on dispatch, probably the college thing, don't learn much about the real world going to school, guess they have went broke a couple times too, easy enough to do, guess i did not care for the place or i would still be there, did not give em much of a chance though
     
  4. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    Hey don't be talking about my company,LOL.Actually I'm a local driver so I don't have the problem you OTR drivers have.My dispatcher is one sweet lady.I started K&B a week ago.I DH to Denisn,IA tyson and bring back a load of swinging meat.From what I drive and the trls,I don't have any bad equipment.
     
  5. mockman

    mockman Bobtail Member

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    they are probably okay, I just told them in orientation that I was not going to take any #### coming out of dispatch, had my own business most of my life and I just don't take it from anyone, I don't care who they are, don't like people who think they are important, they would have me sit all day at a truck stop, working on a load they said, well I was eagerly wanting to get some freight hauled and not used to sitting around, and as I had just slept all night was not tired, they act like I am some computer they can flip a switch then i go back to sleep and am ready when they need me, well after a couple days of this I pulled a run to Minneapolis from Chicago, 4 am I could not stay awake, stopped for an hour cat nap, woke up on time a little groggy, laid there a couple minutes, next thing it was a half hour, guy was calling ######## we don't have time for this, I told him to go #### himself, got the load to consignee, he was the same way, told him load is here and that is all I care about, not in the ditch and not in an accident. I am a new guy needing to learn there ways, once I know the routine, then holler all you want, till then shut the #### up. I back up to the dock, then sit there 8 hours getting unloaded, was I ########, no. I told that dispatcher if he had some switch he could flip to fall asleep, he needed to be driving this truck. Drivers need their rest and a consistent workday like anyone else, I worked every shift there was those two weeks and I am no good at sleeping when we are burning daylight. Just never really worked nites much before. Truck was not bad, transmission just kept popping out of 9th gear, no real big deal, just mentioned it to them, thought they might want to fix it, cruise worked intermittently and would not idle up as the bunk heater was put in backwards, exhausting hot air under the bunk and cold air return where the hot should have been, all the heat went out the side door, think shocks were kind of bad as it did not drive very well, my 1991 FLD 112 is in better shape, but then it has only been ran 50,000 miles since 1995 and only had 3 or 400,000 when I bought it, was kind of a kick in the ### to drive that big old classic, popping out of gear, freezing and not going down the road as good as I wanted, power was pretty nice though, my little 3176 cat is no king on power, does pretty good for what it is though, hauled grain for this one idiot, told him it was not worth doing as price was too cheap, did it 3 days just to see who was right, well it was too cheap and I quit, then did containers for a couple weeks knowing it did not pay enough just to see if my pencil was right, well I was right, spent more money on fuel then I got paid, guy was paying a 1.00 per mile plus surcharge, doable rate with a 1200 mile run, but no way with those containers, biggest joke I ever saw, spend more time at dock then churning out miles and my little cat with 4:11 rearends and a performance 9 speed with .073 overdrive was getting 6 mpg. the grain guy was like you use no fuel, those little short runs of 30 to 50 miles it would get 4 mpg. Alot of idiots in this world, not sure why I have to always work for them and look like one myself with no money to pay my bills, was same thing in the dirt business, always some know it all who could do it cheaper with a good bankruptcy attorney to bail him out. 950 a week guaranteed, sure if you never come home, some life, it is a good company, just needs 2 shifts and more training on the new guys, would lower there turnover and alot less pissed off drivers, mcp 200 qualcomms would be nice, so dispatch could see your hours instead of having to send those stupid check calls in, they do anything those paper logs do and the pencil necks in the office can move times around to cheat if they want to. pickup number, load and unload times, a shippers address and a consignees address is all a driver needs to hear from dispatch, then call in if good reason for being late, pretty simple, get the load there in one piece, with no tickets or wrecks. get more driving done without drawing all those lines. I had guys work for me who were otr drivers, drive all night then fall asleep on my job and I was paying them more than the trucking companies, but they wanted that guarantee, that guy went off the road one night, I had to go over and straighten and catch up all his work for him as I had 30 trucks dumping on him and he got behind. I did not fire him, he was ######## lets talk about the money he is working like a ###### for me, christ I was paying him 18 an hour ten years ago, twice what he made driving that truck, we never got paid for that job either, think they owed us 700,000 when I shut the job down, this K&B maybe owes me one paycheck, usually I just walk away, it is not worth going to court to fight over money, before you are done the lawyers have it all anyway. usually just move on, maybe pester them a little, if they have half a conscience they will eventually pay you, there are alot of very calussed people in the business world. does not matter who they are, our government is as bad as any, job or your own business all about the same, it is always about the money, piss em off, they always want to keep the money, usually they really don't even have it and if you pressure them, then there are all these things and excuses why they wil not pay you, if you are one of those sharp businessman farmers or general motors the government will give you some money so your business can keep going, nobody else could do it, we are all too stupid and they are all too important, they call it free enterprise, huh, well it is not a dictatorship, it is not communism, what the hell is it really other than a bunch of crooked politicians running a system of government that really does not work for the people, the government decides who will stay in business and who won't that sure as hell is no democracy or free enterprise, thats a bunch of crooks lining there pockets with taxpayers money, same way this ########### company tries keeping employees paychecks, lower than scum buddy, big chickenshits afraid to pick on some one their own size, so they pick on a lowly employee, what a bunch of #######
     
  6. Dreaman

    Dreaman Medium Load Member

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    Is that the plant they are talking of closing or is it Farmland? If I remember the story right putting money in a plant in Nebraska and closing one in Denison.
     
  7. formertaxidriver

    formertaxidriver Heavy Load Member

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    It's Tyson. May close as early as next year, based on their Dakota City expansion.
     
  8. romexjockey

    romexjockey Bobtail Member

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    Mockman, I have absolutely no idea what the hell you just said!!
     
  9. DOTrevenuepatrol

    DOTrevenuepatrol Medium Load Member

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    16 years in trucking and you had no idea of K&B's horrible reputation?
     
  10. Dryver

    Dryver Road Train Member

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    You didn't miss much. A typical know it all driver that thinks he can run the world, there's one in every truck stop.

    " I JUST TOLD THEM . . . "
    " I JUST DON'T TAKE IT FROM ANYONE . . ."
    " FARMERS, GENNERAL MOTORS, GOVERNMENT, DICTATORSHIPS, COMMUNISM, BIG CHICKENSHITS, BLAH BLAH . . ."

    He covered it all.
     
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  11. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    Yes, that was a "bit" rambling, wasn't it?
     
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