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Discussion in 'St. Johnsbury Trucking' started by Roadrunner73, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. dumpman

    dumpman Member

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    Oh yeah, i remember that fashion bug freight well, also the morse shoe and payless shoe.
    sjtc had a lot of retail accounts, very labor intensive and all loose freight.
     
  2. vetran peddleman

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    Oh my goodness LD, how could I have forgotten about that garbage freight? I guess I have for all these years cause one tends to forget the bad and have fond memories of the good.
     
  3. Local_Driver

    Local_Driver Pyle People deliver

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    That was some good :shit:!
     
  4. vetran peddleman

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    If SJTC was still around... maybe 'amazon would have bought them out. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/evidence-clear-amazon-already-next-140506
     
  5. captain cardboard

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    I worked on the dock at the Long Island (NY) Terminal, you can't forget the Whitman candy loads out of Philly. What a nightmare all loose ctns on the floor, would take 2 days to strip a trailer.
     
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    Oh yeah CCB... I remember the 'Whitman ctns of chocolates. On my peddle route it seemed that I'd have a delivery for every drug and candy shop in every town on my circuit. I got the biggest kick out of non 'Whitman' customers that would spot the loose ctns. on the back of my box while I was delivering their freight and they'd tell me," look the other way for a second so that I can grab a ctn. of your chocolates." I'd tell them, "I don't think so," then I'd say to them .."Tell ya what ,why don't you follow me up the street to where I'm gonna deliver these chocolates and I'm sure that they'd be willing to sell you all you want". That was the only way to discourage these would be thieves who would have robbed me blind and gotten me fired.
     
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    also this time of the year russell-stover was quite a stripper you didnt want to get close to.
     
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    How about all those GM auto parts loads! What a nitemare that stuff was. All different kinds of parts tangled together in one big ball of awfulness. I'd spend an hour delivering half of a 45' van on my route to a GM parts dealer. Sure glad my current company doesn't do that stuff. At least not yet.
     
  9. captain cardboard

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    Great job when i started at 18 yrs old in 1980, 28 yrs in the industry to have my pension taken over by the PBGC and reduced to $990. a month as of this july 2016. Guess I'll have to find a full-time job again. Who's hiring old broken truckers? I guess I'll find out. FYI local 707 Hempstead N.Y.
     
  10. vetran peddleman

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    How true DM
     
  11. St J Retiree

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    We had wire mold come through Syr 014 breakbulk.Still remember after 22 yrs as those being the worst afte
    I had 4-5 GM accounts on my P&D route in Syracuse 014 plus 3 malls worth of shoes & JC Penney freight - talk about an everyday nightmare.....but with all of that I still miss St J even after 22 yrs
     
  12. roadboss

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    I worked with Dan Mathers @015
     
  13. roadboss

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    What I miss the guys I used to work with they were the best and still are.
     
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    10-4 Driver...I miss SJTC too. I still have memories of when they were still in business in the current building that I'm still working out of,( 025 Worc.). Seven months after St. J went down in flames in 1993, CCX bought the barn here in 1994 and I got a job w/ them in March of 1994.. Been w/ Conway at 025 now for over 22 years. And now even Conway is gone as it has been acquired by XPO Logistics. So now the company,(XPO), is re-branding everything; equipment, signage, uniforms etc. The only thing that they can't change is my fond memories I have of getting into the LTL biz here at 025 as a younger man under the banner of a company that, in my opinion, is still the best, SJTC.
     
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    Me too RB...I still think of the older pros who took me under their wings and taught me the LTL biz. For their help.. I'm really grateful.
     
  16. St J Retiree

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    I was fortunate to have been the first one hired when St J decided to open a break bulk in Syr 014 in 1979. I was in my late 20's and had gotten my CDL two years prior to that and had been working as a casual for various LTL companies in Syracuse-still wet behind the ears. Cleon Savage was the TM in Syracuse and gave me a chance. I worked my way up to bid on a P&D route after a year and did that for the next 14 yrs until the bottom fell out in June 1993. Out of 125 of us in Syracuse at the time, Preston hired 4-5 of us a week later-we all worked the dock until January 1994 when we got laid off & were placed on call - basically we were all casuals again. I could see Preston heading down the same path as ST J so I sadly took my Teamster withdrawal card & never worked in the trucking industry again. Today I'm in my mid 60's & retired. St J and the guys I worked with there were all the best I have ever experienced....I still miss those days & wish I could have spent the rest of my working career there. All I have now are great memories.... but that's something nobody can ever take away.
     
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    Yeah SJTC Retiree...I can't believe that SJTC has been gone for 23 years this month. They really took care of us at our barn in spite of the few family spats there were between us teamsters and management. Compared to the management of the non union LTL's I've been w/ since 1993...well there is no real comparison. SJTC was simply the best in that labor - management department too.
     
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    I'm a retired 41 year Teamster but I never worked for St. J. The best man I've ever worked for was a former St. J. TM named Scotty B. from their S. Plainfield terminal. He was/still is a good honest man who actually cared about his employees. After St. J went down he hired a lot of his men on with us at Red Star. Of course he cherry picked his best and they all worked hard for him. Last I heard he was a salesman for NEMF working out of Elizabeth NJ
     
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    The people that worked there were like family.That was the hardest job I ever had.I broke my back every day.And we partied like rock stars after work .I couldn't do that today and still be married.I'll never have a job like that ever again.I do work with a few from 046.There some good guys.Still the best after 23 years gone.
     
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    After we went out I went to APA for one week I thought apa had the worse freight and equipment I've ever seen, I ended up at jevic for 15 yrs till the end at went to roadway after that, low and behold there was that ugly freight again, you know it doesn't matter were you go ugly freight is bound to follow......
     
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