Zenith Freight Lines

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  1. JoeyBowman

    JoeyBowman Medium Load Member

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    The headquarters are in Conover (Hickory) NC, though they have terminals in the Baltimore area, Indianapolis, Dallas/Ft Worth area and some where in California. We do LTL furniture delivery to stores. They also have a home delivery division though I know nothing about it other than that it exists.

    They pay actual miles, pay starts at .355 a mile, if you drive over 2,000 miles a week the CPM rate goes up ( I can't remember for sure, but I think its .08 more). We get stop pay that starts at $8 a stop, pay if we unload or load our loads (almost all loads are driver assist), pay if we pick up a back haul, pay for every time we drop/hook, layover pay for every night on the road after the first night. We get reimbursed for motels if we choose to stay in them. I typically do if I am taking a break that is longer than 10 hours (many furniture stores are only open 9-4), they reimburse promptly for everything else as well including parking and showers (something that my previous employer did not reimburse).

    The company owned trucks run between 75-78mph, trucks leased from Penske have to stay at 70mph. They use qualcom electronic logs in the trucks. They don't nit pick about idling, they prefer that we fuel at Pilot/Flying J if we need fuel, though we are able to fuel any where that Comdata is accepted if we need fuel. Most of the company owned trucks have a 400-500 gallon capacity so fueling isn't always necessary on the road. At the conover terminal trucks are washed, fueled, and inspected between every trip. They also keep a close eye on trailers as well.

    Compared to my previous employer we are given a lot of "freedom" to make decisions on the job, make deliveries out of order if need be, as well as many other things that are micro managed by most carriers.

    The CPM rate is low, but last week I only got 2100 miles and made FAR more than I every did at my previous employer where I made .41cpm.
     
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  3. Blowinsmoke87

    Blowinsmoke87 Bobtail Member

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    I thought they start you at .42 cpm n top out at .45 cpm
     
  4. JoeyBowman

    JoeyBowman Medium Load Member

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    Different terminals have different pay scales to make sure drivers make a livable and good wage for the area they live in. Out of Conover it now starts at 37.5cpm for ALL miles. Add in stop pay, drop and hook pay, layover pay, an extra .08cpm for all miles over 2,000 miles for the week, back haul pick up and delivery pay we can really make a pretty decent check each week.
     
  5. Blacktop Junkie

    Blacktop Junkie Light Load Member

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    Experience level required? How close to the terminal do you have to live?
     
  6. JoeyBowman

    JoeyBowman Medium Load Member

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    3 years of experience. I'm not sure that there is any requirement for how close you have to live to a terminal. But new bern is a bit of a drive to conover.
     
  7. Blacktop Junkie

    Blacktop Junkie Light Load Member

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    Yeah it is far. Most of you couch and sofa guys require 3 years. I worked at a furniture store taking ltl deliveries. Nothing like me and a driver unloading overpriced furniture at 11 in the morning in NC humidity. I'm planning on moving to central NC next year. No good trucking jobs where I'm at with good home time/pay.
     
  8. JoeyBowman

    JoeyBowman Medium Load Member

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    personally I can't see mysef working anywhere else in the future. Things could change but as of now they've been pretty awesome. The home time I've been fortunate to have can't be beat as far as "Otr" jobs go. And the pay is great.
     
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  9. BFL123

    BFL123 Light Load Member

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    Hi. Do they hire out of Greenville SC area. Thanks
     
  10. JoeyBowman

    JoeyBowman Medium Load Member

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    Really not sure, I would check out their website and contact them to find out.
     
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    Giving the thread a bump. Just had my 3 year anniversary and still loving it.
     
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