First Day of Truck Driving School

Discussion in 'General Food Service Discussion' started by MikeJ, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Skinnytrucker

    Skinnytrucker Active Member

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    Just wondering have you thought about going to work at YRC Freight? We have a terminal in both Cleveland and in Akron. Depending on how badly they need drivers in that area they might be willing to hire right out of school. We do hire guys right out of school in the Chicago terminal which is where I work. We are always desperate for drivers out of this terminal because of freight levels and competing with other companies in the area. Just something to think about. Nice thread btw
     
  2. Moneyman01

    Moneyman01 Proud to be a dad!

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    My uncle has been training drivers at the Chicago Ridge terminal.
     
  3. Skinnytrucker

    Skinnytrucker Active Member

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    I'm actually in the process of going to work for a Carhaul company. I took the "Physical Ability Test" today.
     
  4. Moneyman01

    Moneyman01 Proud to be a dad!

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    Jack Cooper or Cassens? I told my uncle to look into car hauling. His BA said he wouldn't fit or something like that. My uncle is a union steward.
     
  5. Skinnytrucker

    Skinnytrucker Active Member

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    Ok now I gotta know. Who is your uncle. First name is fine
     
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    Skinnytrucker Active Member

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    And it's Cassens. Cooper is not hiring anywhere in the country at the moment
     
  7. MikeJ

    MikeJ Well-Known Member

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    Thanks man I appreciate it, I thought about New England Motor Freight , Estes or maybe Old Dominion. I have driven by the YRC terminal in Copley, Ohio (Akron area) I'll check them out.
     
  8. Moneyman01

    Moneyman01 Proud to be a dad!

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    If I were to go back to LTL I would go to Old Dominion. But that's just me. Estes isn't bad either. My dad is a line haul driver for them
     
  9. MikeJ

    MikeJ Well-Known Member

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    I have heard a lot of good things about Old Dominion, people like it their I know they have a lot of customers and from what I have read, have been growing at a pretty good pace. Estes in Cleveland is no longer hiring dock works, the sign now says Drivers and Mechanics. My choices are keep applying to the food companies and maybe an LTL here or their probably if Mains ever advertises on the radio for help again I would be a shoe in they may say experienced CDL drivers but if they are desperate enough to resort to radio advertising on WMMS 100.7FM which is the big rock station here in Cleveland, then well that says it all.

    In a perfect world, what I would ideally like is for one of the food companies to hire me while in school and I can learn all about being a driver and drive with an experienced person and when I am done go to work at that company. That might happen, but I'm not banking on it, so instead I'll go to school and learn what they teach and maybe one of the food companies which is where I want to start or at least end up will hire me, or maybe they won't if they do not want me as a brand new guy because market forces dictate they do not need me I will put in my time at an OTR outfit, always good to have a back up. Heck I would even apply to work at CSX or Norfolk Southern if you have a CDL you can work in the maintenance of way department it takes a lot of big trucks and rigs to maintain all of that railroad track and that's a railroad job to those guys get railroad retirement and do not have to pay into Social Security plus those jobs have very good retirement and benefits.

    Or because I have a passenger bus endorsement, put in my time at a bus company I know bus is not truck, I get it I know, but the pre-trip is the same the air breaks are the same a big motor coach might not have a trailer, but it takes some skill to drive those big buses, I am amazed at the miracles you guys at GFS and Sysco pull off everyday, however some of these bus drivers they are also impressive. I mean when I was in 8th grade we went to Washington, DC for a school field trip pretty standard and as an 8th grader we went with Cleveland Southeastern Trails out of Garfield Heights, Ohio they are a tour bus and charter bus company they also run the casino's I am sure some of you guys have seen them, the guy who drove the bus around Washington, DC I thought as an 8th grader did a really good job. I was amazed at all the places he was able to get us through and in and out of. (If you can't tell I've been interested in all of this stuff for a while pretty much since I was a little kid.)
     
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  10. double r

    double r Dock delivery expert

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    Apply at the food companies for warehouse but let them know that you are going to school to get your CDL. They may hire you as warehouse and then move you to driver once you get the CDL. And if you are looking to get a year of experience via OTR, try PGT, based in Monaca, PA and Falcon, based in Youngstown, PA. Both are flatbed companies, although Falcon has a van division, and both haul a lot out of the mills in your area.
     
  11. MikeJ

    MikeJ Well-Known Member

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    I have heard a lot of good things about PGT I know they haul a lot out of Republic Steel in Lorain, Ohio and I should probably give them a call. Falcon I have read mixed things about, however they run a lot of pikers on I-80. I also thought about MCS even though they are not really a starter company or P,I&I. Yourga I see them fairly often on I-90 same with Area Transport and you probably see T Jaro of Warren, Ohio they get around the area pretty good.

    I thought about checking out the food service distributors in Pittsburgh see what they have, actually if I had to move anywhere Pittsburgh would be one of my top choices. I know it's like sacrilegious for people from Cleveland to say this, but you guys have one heck of a city in Pittsburgh.

    I used to run their from time to time to get concrete cleaning chemical's at A R Chambers supply which is real close to Primanti Bros. Very nice city you have there, I really like it, you have good restaurants to eat at, cool bridges really good train watching if your into that sort of thing, pretty girls and a very nice vibe all the way around.
     
  12. double r

    double r Dock delivery expert

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    Several food distributors from Pittsburgh run to Cleveland. There are only two though in Pittsburgh that I would recommend(three if we had any openings in Pittsburgh)


    You sure you are talking about Pittsburgh? LOL. I do agree with most of that though.
     
  13. MikeJ

    MikeJ Well-Known Member

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    You sure you are talking about Pittsburgh? LOL. I do agree with most of that though.
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    What part don't you agree with ha-ha? :) Is it the part about the bridges LOL.
     
  14. grocerythrower

    grocerythrower Super Mod

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    What part don't you agree with ha-ha? :) Is it the part about the bridges LOL.[/QUOTE]

    There are no pretty girls in Pitt, in fact the state of PA is full of ugly gals, except for double r's wife, a guy as cool as him has to have a pretty girl on his arm, she must not be from PA ;)
     
  15. MikeJ

    MikeJ Well-Known Member

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    I guess I stand corrected then, ha-ha! :)
     

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