Sturtevant breaking ground?

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  1. Wildbean1

    Wildbean1 New Member

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    Linehaul is on my radar for Dayton. I was told by a driver to jump in now at the Milwaukee terminal if I'm interested. Honestly I'm on the fence because of money and insurance. What would I be looking at first year linehaul earnings? My wife said United is a god awful insurance company, but overall Dayton is attractive to me for the simple fact that nobody complains on here much. That says a lot. In a nutshell, it's not how much I want to work, it's how much work do they have? I'm currently in the 70-80K range, but a rather toxic work environment. I left YRC in 2014 after 15 years clean driving (local) and considering a return to freight, and wouldn't want that place again.
     
  2. coondogg

    coondogg Freight Herder

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    Bottom of the pay progression at my barn works out to around 80k for new road guys getting roughly 500 miles per night. I'm not sure what kind of runs they have up there, but I see a couple Milwaukee guys occasionally I can ask. I've heard now is a good time to get on there. I think they're building one and expanding another terminal. The earlier you get on the better!
     
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  3. Wildbean1

    Wildbean1 New Member

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    I'll have my mind made up by spring. I'm trying to be as careful as I can in my decision without blowing a great opportunity. I know any new LTL terminals that build, fill up positions very quickly.
     
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    bubs Active Member

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    You should definitely make at least 70. It probably is a good time to get in Milwaukee but I also have the sinking feeling they're going to transfer a bunch of guys up from ORD because that place is maxed out two times over. You might have some top heavy guys going over there. But either way, it's not bad. The work environment is one of the better ones I've had in LTL. United Healthcare totally blows. I complain about it every chance I can get
     
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  5. Wildbean1

    Wildbean1 New Member

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    Thanks for that insight! An over abundance of drivers can be difficult to deal with for any new employee.
     
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    bubs Active Member

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    I wouldn't worry too much about an overabundance of employees. This place is still growing ridiculously over the past year I've been here. You just might have a long time to get to the top is what I'm saying. The rumor is that when they open that terminal, uline has a crap load of work for it that they just can't handle right now
     
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    So are they moving out of Milwaukee to Sturtevant?
     
  8. Wildbean1

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    I'm told they are expanding Madison and moving Milwaukee to Sturtevant.
     
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  9. coondogg

    coondogg Freight Herder

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    I'm pretty sure that's basically it, but adding a Madison area terminal that doesn't exist yet. I think maybe Milwaukee drivers have been covering that area, and now the system up there will be more efficient. One of their drivers explained it all to me one night, but it's been a while so I'm sorry if the details aren't exactly right. I think he said the new Milwaukee area terminal will be a lot bigger than the current one. They also talked about it in the newsletter, but I doubt I still have that laying around. I wish I had more details for you.
     
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    No problem. I can't make a move till spring yet anyway really. I can just say I've never met an unhappy Dayton driver. They have my interest.
     
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  11. coondogg

    coondogg Freight Herder

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    That's exactly why I wanted to work here. I met several Dayton drivers from several terminals over the years at shippers and I noticed the same thing.
     
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  12. coondogg

    coondogg Freight Herder

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    I was told last week that the current Milwaukee terminal is actually leased, so to expand we had to build our own. Those drivers are about to experience a nice upgrade. The Dayton-built terminals are all based off of a similar design template and are well-lighted and kept very clean.
     
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  13. miltowntrucker

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    Dayton in Milwaukee is hiring linehaul drivers now. if you're interested.
     
  14. coondogg

    coondogg Freight Herder

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    There are signs up for drivers in Dayton and Indy as well, but you never know if that's just so they get several applicants in order to fill 1 spot.

    On a side note, last week I saw an electronic billboard for Saia on 75 South going into Cincy advertising a $5,000 sign on bonus and starting pay in the middle of the payscale. I'm guessing they need more than 1 driver with that kind of campaign. I think Dayton would be more successful poaching experienced LTL drivers if they offered them to start at the 1-year scale.
     
  15. miltowntrucker

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    Milwaukee is looking to hire a lot drivers Linehaul and P&D., with the new terminal being built in Sturtevant that Milwaukee will be moving too and also with the new terminal being built in Madison. Ground breaking is supposed start in March.
     
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    That's good to hear. Indy might be doing some "real" hiring soon, as well. They are about to expand it and nearly double the doors there. It's about to become a monster.
     
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    The difference is, Saia can't get people because they won't quit micromanaging and nit-picking the hell out of the drivers with the nanny cameras. They had the bonuses up to $15,000 in Chicago last year for a time. I've been toying with the idea of applying with Dayton for the Midway terminal. I would never recommend anybody go to Saia now.
     
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    The MDW terminal is really nice they have a full staff in the shop 24hours(M-F). with trailer lane. Enclosed fuel island. I believe they are hiring drivers now they have a sign in front that shows what jobs they are hiring for., not just one those blanket signs that says "Now hiring"
     
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    Hey Miltown do you know anything about the Des Plaines service center like what kind of runs they have and so forth. They asked on my app if I could stay in Hotels and be gone Monday through Saturday morning. Which I would like best since I would drive from Rockford. I called the center manager in Rockford and he said he wasn’t looking till about the end of March beginning of April to bring anyone on board. I’m trying to decide between Estes and Dayton. Also if I got on in Des Plaines could I transfer to Rockford once there was an opening? Thanks for any info!
     
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