Western Dairy Transport/WDTMilk info

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by dirtrider83, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. dirtrider83

    dirtrider83 Bobtail Member

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    Looking for info and thoughts about WDT. I was referred to them by a local friend but I have no experience with this industry. They have a paid training program that starts you out at $10/hr while in the classroom to get your CDL (permit required before applying), then 3-4 weeks training on the road at $140/day. After going solo I would start at $0.35 cpm and after 1 year go to $0.41 cpm. This seems low compared to others that I've seen available but I also don't have any information on additional pay like bonuses, layover, detention. The CDL school is paid back with a 2 year contract, but has nothing prorated the first year and then $250/month the second year. What concerns me more is that for "the nation’s largest milk and dairy-related logistics company", it's really hard to find any info about them or anyone talking about the company online. Been looking at this and other options for a week now and my brain is about fried lol. Also any other suggestions would be great if you have them. Thanks
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Where is your location?
    Some of your concerns can be answered by calling the company and asking.
    .35 cpm is not low if the accessorial pays are good.
    I made $65K per year pulling tankers @ .36 cpm and only worked 11 months a year and that was due to good accessorial pays.
    CPM is only a small part of the pay equation; don't pay much attention to that.
     
  4. dirtrider83

    dirtrider83 Bobtail Member

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    I understand. I was just posting what I was already told. I live close to their Cabool, MO location. What questions should I be asking at a tanker company? I just started looking into driving recently after the person I know suggested it but they’re also not a driver there. My main concern besides pay is what they’re like to work for. I don’t want to be locked into a two year contract with a company that’s not treating drivers well. And I haven’t been able to find much info from people that have worked there. Which could also be a good thing as people tend to post more when they’re pissed off at a company lol.
     
  5. Chinatown

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    As you said, not anything negative about the company that I can find either.
    I'd take a chance if it were me, but also I tend to take risks and not overthink things.
    Tanker career is really good overall and with two years experience there, you'll have a couple dozen tanker outfits to choose from after the contract is fulfilled, should you decide to leave.
     
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    In Phoenix , We call them "We Drop Trailers". They have a contract to take care of the waste water plant inside the dairy, haul wastewater, they deal with cream and some other inbound loads from farms They do alot of different jobs. They operate separate from the milk haulers. Theres a handle full of them here and They all seem to be happy. Theres hardly any turnover in the year I've been at the plant. But they could operate like Ruan and have different accounts, pay, jobs, ect.
     
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  7. Gambosa

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    I was thinking of posting a forum on this same topic. Guess it’s nye time I spoke with a few more companies and decided what to do with myself :biggrin_2554: Their website is fairly informative and they do respond to Facebook questions and comments. I’m wondering if they allow pets on trucks..... along with a few other things. :dontknow:
     
  8. dirtrider83

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    I ended up going to CDL school instead of signing a contract for the training. While looking around some more I decided to go with Transland out of Strafford, MO running dry van to start out. I'm starting there Monday. They seem like a decent company so far and they have a pretty good reputation.
     
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    Sounds good! Let me know how it works out for you :)
     
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    I sent them my questions and will try to remember to post their answers here :rolleyes:
     
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