What's the word on Gypsum Express NE Regional?

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by 1tidefan, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. 1tidefan

    1tidefan Light Load Member

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    I have been looking at Gypsum Express, running their NE Regional out of Potomac Supply in Kinsale, VA. My recruiter says I can easily average 2,500 to 3,000 miles a week running to eastern seaboard and south down to GA. Have been cleared to attend orientation. I am currently employed and looking for a change but definitely do not want to shoot myself in the foot. The pay and benefits sound worthwhile if they can deliver on their recruiters claims.
    Any of y'all currently driving for them have any words of advice?
     
  2. sparky88

    sparky88 Light Load Member

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    I'm interested also in case my other job doesn't work out. I'm interested in average weekly pay before taxes and riser policy
     
  3. ohiohillbilly

    ohiohillbilly Bobtail Member

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    They are a very good company to run for avg good miles and pay great hometime they do have a rider policy after 90day plus insurance cost for rider. the recruiters are very honest people and shot streight forward they do the least bsing i have seen from a company
     
  4. 1tidefan

    1tidefan Light Load Member

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    Thanks ohiohillbilly. So, how long have you been driving for them? Are you seeing the 2500 to 3000 miles a week like the recruiter has said? Being that you are from Ohio, we may run similar lanes. What areas of the country are you running and what are you generally hauling? Thanks again for the feedback.
     
  5. ohiohillbilly

    ohiohillbilly Bobtail Member

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    a couple of years now i love driving for them the staff our really nice and if your willing to run for them they will work for you. i have seen times with the 2500 plus miles and sometimes its slows down 2200 like anything, there are drivers that complain about miles but if you know how to run your clock they will get you the miles. we run alot of North east and midwest but in your down south you will hit the south east too and haul mostly drywall, some building material and steel coils, pipes and paper roll and some other misc things.
     
  6. 1tidefan

    1tidefan Light Load Member

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    Sounds good. Thanks again for the feedback.
     
  7. ohiohillbilly

    ohiohillbilly Bobtail Member

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    Chim Chim Light Load Member

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    You will probably not see 3k a week. I have worked for them and the most miles I had was 2600. I've had as low as 1100. A lot of unpaid waiting time with this company. Detention pay is almost impossible and bonuses are hard to keep due to unrealistic dispatch times. Often run out of drive time on Friday which results in waiting till Saturday to make it home. Weekends off are not quality because you usually leave out on Sunday. The cheapest insurance will run you about 50 a week and is not good for anything except maybe cancer or a heart attack. You can easily waste a 14hr. day for 300 miles (this happens often). The main problem with this company is that they haul in stock items, therefore you are delivering product that the receivers are in no hurry to get. (no one, I repeat no one is in a hurry to unload you). This company also punishes all for the mistakes of a few, for instance they expect you to be at the receiver an hour before they are even open because other drivers are constantly late. Most places will not unload you before they load their trucks. 95% of the time you will waste at least 2hrs. at every receiver and you are not getting paid. They will even stop unloading you and unload other carriers first and then come back to you. (this will definitely piss you off, because the other drivers are usually local and paid by the hour). No extra pay for strapping, only tarping. Some loads can take in excess of 3hrs. to tarp and strap all for a measly 12 bucks. I will sum this up by saying I left out on Easter Sunday at noon and didn't get home until the following Saturday at 10 AM. I ran out of drive time 1hr. and 20 min. from home. I worked 92 hrs. that week and had 1900 MI. my take home pay was $445.00. That's .35 cents less than minimum wage.
     
  9. 1tidefan

    1tidefan Light Load Member

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    That's some great info. After reading your post I had a few questions for you.
    So, how long have you been or did you drive for them? What terminal did you drive out of? Did you have the opportunity to request and or change dispatchers? What was your average take home? The good and bad weeks combined?
    thank you for posting. My search for a quality employer is extremely important to me and my families future.
     
  10. already gone

    already gone Road Train Member

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    sounds about on par for a cut rate northeast flatbed company......lots of free time waiting for loading and unloading, money will sound better in theory until you actually do it. then you look at your logs and realize the pretarped loads were a lie, and you are donating some serious time for free, and you cant even cook your books to make up for the free time because the setup is rigged from the start, the company just doesnt want to pay you that much....

    sorry for the negative post, but i drove for lj kennedy, a former direct competitor, and it was the same way. at least at ljk, you could cook your books to make up for all the waiting.

    if you want to make some dough in flatbedding, it seems like hauling for a dedicated steel hauler would be better, at least the freight would be more consistent.
     
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