Maverick looking for drivers
Maverick Transportation plans to hire more than 100 new drivers due to business and diversification of freight, including a new temperature-controlled division that will open in May. “We have opportunities for drivers in several different divisions including flatbed, specialized, dedicated and now refrigerated, which has the most immediate need for professional truck drivers,” says Director of Recruiting Brad Vaughn. Drivers for the new temperature-controlled division can expect starting pay of 35 cents per mile. In addition, drivers will receive competitive home time, per diem pay, detention pay, quarterly fuel bonus, referral bonus and complete medical benefits.
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Prime raises refrigerated, flatbed pay
Prime Inc. has again raised its minimum guaranteed revenue for independent contractors in its refrigerated and flatbed divisions, ensuring no less than $95,000 for every 100,000 miles completed. “We believe contractors should be paid on percentage of the revenue,” says John Hancock, Prime’s recruiting director.
In other news, Prime recognized the following drivers who have completed one million or two million safe driving miles: Gary Broderick, Jimmie Atnip and Gary Turner (two million miles) and Christine Stratton and Kimberly Younger (one million miles).
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Marten driver supports Caps for Soldiers
Marshall Platter, a professional truck driver with Marten Transport, has given his time to Caps for Soldiers, transporting donations from the organization to wounded soldiers. Caps for Soldiers is an effort that collects baseball caps donated from businesses and individuals along with personalized messages of encouragement. Platter, who has been driving professionally for 35 years, says he is honored to have taken part in such a special project. “It’s important to me to support our troops, particularly those wounded in service to our country,” he says.
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MATS marks another success
The Mid-America Trucking Show was a resounding success, surpassing attendee, exhibitor and show management expectations. MATS 2010 launched with 965 exhibiting companies representing 45 states and 12 foreign countries, encompassing more than 1 million square feet of exhibits and events. A total of 70,647 trucking professionals from all 50 states and 59 foreign countries made the trip to Louisville for the show.
“We’re extremely pleased with the results of our efforts and with the outstanding attendee turnout. We couldn’t have asked for a more positive atmosphere for the trucking industry or scripted a better turnaround for our show,” says Toby Young, president of Exhibit Management Associates, Inc. “Given our performance in 2010 and conversations with current, returning and future exhibitors, we feel that MATS 2011 will be even better. As we continue to make improvements to the show, add value to exhibiting and offer more opportunities at the premier face-to-face marketing event in trucking, we know that next year’s 40th anni-versary will be one of our best expositions.”