How well can you do for yourself? Call Watkins and find out!
Lakeland , FL – When Adrian McClellan says he works for the number one trucking company in the nation; he has the credentials, experience and expertise to back up his assertion. A fleet owner with 40 years experience in the trucking industry, Mr. McClellan has done every job in this business, has seen every way of operating and knows for certain that he is now with a company that does it all exactly right.
When he came to Watkins Motor Lines seven years ago, Mr. McClellan had 10 trucks. Now he has 39. And all this with a company that he was unaware of until a former Watkins driver called him by chance. “I didn’t even know that Watkins had Owner Operators, but I liked what I heard, so I leased two trucks. If it weren’t for Watkins I wouldn’t still be in business. I had been looking for something else to get into, but they let me transfer my trucks to Orlando , and we will do 5 Million dollars this year.”
Here’s how it works: McClellan’s drivers get their paperwork, inspect the trailer and go. They never touch freight. McClellan enjoys that, “It’s all interstate. You are dispatched at a 45 M.P.H. average with plenty of time to eat and shower and not feel rushed. We go in and out of Watkins’ 35 break bulk terminals. We know exactly where we are going and don’t waste time with uncertain directions.”
As for the facilities, McClellan is pleased that he and his drivers spend time in clean, paved terminals with showers, break rooms and computer hook ups. Terminals are just off the interstate near restaurants and other conveniences. As he puts it, “You aren’t stuck in the middle of a cornfield, waiting to get unloaded.”
McClellan still drives. “It’s my hobby,” he says. “I would rather drive than go fishing. I’m in my big, red Kenworth doing what I enjoy. Other people with boats and Vettes spend money on their hobbies while my hobby makes money.”
To think that McClellan avoids the finer things in life would be misleading. His association with Watkins has been fruitful. His business savvy and his decision to partner with Watkins have resulted in a 10 acre spread in the Florida countryside, featuring a graceful two-story home complete with a colonnade and a 3,000 square foot garage for McClellan’s truck.
When he speaks about Watkins, McClellan praises the company’s operation. “Human Resources know how to pick the right people. It’s not just good management; the guy that fuels my trucks is a great person who truly enjoys his work. The shop inspectors have been there 20-25 years. It’s the same great people and continuity. Once you are here, that’s it.”
“So many companies advertise that everything is great, great, great. How do you pick? You do it the hard way and finally you find what you’ve been looking for. I used to dream about a job like this. I don’t want to deal with customers, bad debt and brokers who won’t pay. Every Thursday, I have my check from Watkins and my payroll is always perfect. I’ve done every job from sales to night dispatch to President. I can tell you that Watkins is as good as it gets.”
Watkins Motor Lines, one of the nation’s largest less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers is looking for Contractor solos and teams. They are a financially stable company where the sense of family still exists, where home time is still important, and settlements are paid weekly. Be proud of who you are and where you lease your truck. Call the recruiting department at 866-341-1218, or visit www.watkinsdrivers.com to apply online.