As true owner/operators, Jimmy and Philip got to choose the percentage pay package that suited them best: either 75% of both linehaul and fuel surcharge, or 70% of linehaul and 100% of fuel surcharge. Listen in as they explain which they chose and learn a little bit more about what life is like as a Celadon driver!
Why do you choose to drive with Celadon?
P: “Celadon has truly stood behind me in just unbelievable ways, more than any other company I’ve ever seen.”
How is your relationship with your dispatcher?
P: “I love my DM! I run out of the Kernersville terminal and absolutely everybody there is wonderful to work with. They are just like family to me.”
What are your goals for the new year?
P: “I look forward to building a future and a business with Celadon and working closely with dispatchers, planners, terminal planners, ops managers, and top executives.”
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Apply or call today and get on your way to starting a career with Celadon!
Have you ever wondered exactly how to work a refrigerated unit? Do you have issues getting through loaded breakdowns? Our trailer analyst Steve talks about these questions and more in our latest driver training video!
Working a Refrigerated Unit
Turning the Reefer On/Off
On the reefer unit, press and hold the reefer on/off button. Use this same button to turn the reefer off.
Changing Reefer Temperature Push and hold the up arrow on the reefer control panel until you see the desired temp, then press the equals key.
Completing Reefer Pretrip
Press the menu key on the reefer control panel. Then select pretrip and the equals key. Pretrips can take up to 20 minutes to complete.
Reefer Trailer Fuel Be sure to have more than a half tank before going to bed for the night. This allows the truck to preserve prime fuel, which helps drive fuel economy. When dropping a reefer, even an empty, be sure it is fueled completely.
Submit a MACRO 16, put in the trailer number and alarm code. Please include what the trailer is doing or not doing properly.
Have any questions? Reach out to your driver manager to get connected!
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Want to join a company invested in running you safely and efficiently? Learn more about what life is like at Celadon and apply today!
As we head into 2019, we encourage you to consider making a career change to join a company that commits to building the best driving experience for you, both on the road and off. Learn more about some of the great benefits of joining our team below.
Industry-Leading Paid Vacation
Celadon offers its company OTR drivers up to 4 weeks of paid vacation per year.
Drivers get paid $1,000 for each week off they earn, and the best part is drivers have the opportunity to either take their week off, or can keep on running. Whatever you choose, you’ll get paid! You’re not going to find a vacation package like this anywhere else in the industry, and our current drivers love it.
Company OTR drivers can start out making up to $.50/mi, owner operators can pick from 2 great percentage pay packages, and team drivers can make up to $.60/mi (split).
Bonuses, Transition Pay, and More
Drivers at Celadon have the opportunity to earn a variety of different bonuses when they join our team.
Company drivers are eligible for a $4,000 sign-on bonus (paid out in their first year), a $500 transition bonus, $0.01/mi raise every 120,000 miles, and more! Company team drivers at Celadon are eligible for a $16,000 first-year bonus (split).
Celadon Trucking would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season! 2018 flew by, and we saw vast improvements across all operations at Celadon. However, we couldn’t have done it without you – our drivers. We got back to the basics of trucking this year, and we’re looking forward to continued success as we head into 2019!
Jon Russell, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Thom Albrecht, Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, wanted to send everyone a quick holiday message on behalf of our entire organization. Check it out below!
Welcome to Celadon’s newest series, “The Mile Marker.” We’ll be sitting down with Celadon employees from various departments to weigh in on a variety of company news, industry topics, and more! Hear from Celadon’s Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, Thom Albrecht, in our latest post.
2018 was an exciting year for Celadon as we worked towards securing a long-term capital structure and reshaped our network around key corridors.
In 2016 and 2017, CTSI’s network was a helter-skelter mix of lanes all over the country, regardless of whether we had meaningful customers in those lanes (particularly on return trips) or had drivers domiciled in those areas. By helter-skelter, I mean the network was spread out everywhere, with little rhythm or reason for what we were doing.
The old trucking phrase, “you call, we haul” was an apt description, as the network had ballooned to thousands of lanes all over the country.
Working Towards “In-Network Lanes”
Today, the team has worked hard to get our lanes “in network.” That has resulted in only about 1,000 lanes that define our network today.
This has several positive implications for drivers. For one, with a tighter network we can offer more repetitive or connected runs, leading to a more consistent paycheck and improved home time.
Driver and Customer Benefits
Also, our service to our customers has improved, which gives drivers new opportunities. Today’s on-time rate is over 90%, compared to an abysmal figure a few quarters ago. As our customers are pleased, new freight awards are growing.
For example, a large customer recently gave us a 2-year deal in one of our core markets for local pick-ups and deliveries, which is notable because P&D opportunities have been largely non-existent at CTSI. But that same customer has given us some high-utilization over-the-road and dedicated opportunities that appeal to other Celadon drivers.
There are at least two other byproducts of a more disciplined network. First, driver turnover has improved for several consecutive quarters. Second, as our network has become more consistent, our sales force has become more confident in talking to our customers. This is opening the door for even more new opportunities.
When we are deliberate about our freight choices and when we satisfy customers, then drivers will see enhanced opportunities. That leads to a more fulfilling career at Celadon.
Have a blessed and rewarding Holiday season and thank you for all you do.
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Welcome to Celadon’s first installment of its newest blog series, “The Mile Marker.” We’ll be sitting down with Celadon employees from various departments to weigh in on a variety of company news, industry topics, and more! Celadon’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Chad Hoffman, kicks our newest series off.
Let us start this message with a “thank you” to you, our partners on the road. Without you turning your wheels out on the road delivering loads, the holiday season would be a lot less enjoyable for millions of families across North America. For that, we extend a sincere “thank you” from all of us here at Celadon.
Dedicated Drivers, Dedicated Opportunities
Over the last couple of years, we have taken many steps to improve our retention numbers and have cut our turnover percentage in half. One of the many initiatives revolves around creating a career path for our partners on the road.
It is our goal to provide our fleet with as many driving options as possible aside from OTR positions. Local, dedicated, regional, and loop fleets are all examples of those career opportunities we are constantly focusing on to provide you more reliable home time, route consistency and paycheck stability.
When Celadon secures new local, dedicated, or regional opportunities, we look to our current partners on the road first before hiring from outside.
We feel this provides you the career path you deserve for being loyal to Celadon. This also allows us to utilize your driving experience and Celadon expertise to put the best talent on our demanding dedicated customer routes.
Interested in Joining?
If you are a current driver interested in a local, dedicated or regional position, please communicate that with your fleet manager so that we are aware of where you want to take your career.
These kinds of opportunities are always changing and can fill up quickly. So once you’ve made that decision to join the Celadon family, give us a call so we can discuss what’s open in your area.
The Celadon leadership, sales and pricing teams are all working hard on winning new dedicated fleet contracts for our driving partners. We want you to feel comfortable calling Celadon your home until you retire. Thank you again for all that you do! Happy holidays.
Great news, Celadon drivers! We know how valuable your holiday home time is and how important it is to be with your family and friends during the holiday season.
We want to show you how important that is to us this year, which is why we now offer guaranteed home time for our drivers throughout the holiday season!
How Holiday Home Time Works with Celadon
To be eligible for guaranteed holiday home time, you will need to:
Have enough earned time off accrued to accommodate your request
Get your request in at least 7 days before the desired time off
Properly set your travel, home, and return dates
Travel Date – the day leading up to your time off request
Home Date – the day/days you want to be home
Return Date – the day you will return to work
If you meet these requirements and properly follow home time request instructions, Celadon guarantees to get you home throughout the holiday season. If you put in a valid request and we don’t get you home for it, we’ll make sure to make it up to you.
One tip to ensure you have a smooth home time request is to make sure to stay in contact with your driver manager leading up to your days off.
Interested? Join Celadon Today!
Want to join a company that will go the extra mile to get you holiday home time? Get started with Celadon by applying below!
“Switching careers comes with some hidden costs for all drivers, but especially owner/operators,” said Dave Chesterman, Celadon’s Vice President of Recruiting. “Not only are you not moving and not earning a paycheck, but if you have a truck payment, that’s another big bill to worry about while you’re down.”
To help alleviate the pains of switching careers, new Celadon owner operator partners will now earn up to $4,500 in transition pay. Check out the details below!
How It Works
Interested in partnering with Celadon? Fill out the application below!
Celadon is excited to bring back its Holiday Piggy Bank incentive for team expedited drivers! Starting October 31st, 2018, teams will earn an extra $.04/mi ($.02/mi per driver), for all team delivered miles through December 25th, 2018.
This bonus will be paid out on your January 11th, 2019 paycheck. You must be a current Celadon driver at that time to receive the pay-out, and other terms and conditions may apply.
Check out more details below!
Celadon’s 2018 Holiday Piggy Bank Details
If you’re already a Celadon Expedited team driver, contact your DM to learn more about how you can become eligible for the bonus! If you’re looking to get started with Celadon and earn extra cash throughout the holidays, call one of our recruiters or apply below.
Meet Maher, a longtime truck driver with nearly 30 years of experience. He’s celebrating his 5 year anniversary with Celadon this month! Maher recently came to us to discuss ways he can help educate professional drivers and the general population on trucking industry topics. He hopes to help new and veteran drivers by providing insight on industry topics.
Hear a little more from Maher below and be on the lookout for more posts in his new blog series.
Celadon Marketing: Tell us a little about your trucking background.
Maher S: I got started driving back in 1990 with Mayflower Worldwide in Indianapolis as a lease operator. After a lot of learning, I’ve been with a few different companies as both a driver and driver trainer. Fast forward to 2013, and I joined Celadon and have enjoyed working with the phenomenal people here!
CM: Why is it important to you to write these posts?
MS: After nearly 30 years of driving experience, I’ve seen a lot of changes in the industry. From large, government-mandated changes all the way down to the way drivers interact with one another and their carrier, there’s been a lot of change that I want to address and help with.
I want to educate not only truck drivers, but all drivers out on the road. My blogs will focus on the trucking industry as a whole, as well as instill a few lessons, tips, and more on a variety of topics.
CM: Who are you writing these posts to?
MS: I want to help spread awareness and insight to new and experienced professional drivers, as well as the entire driving population. The more information we can spread, the safer everyone is on the road.
CM: What do you hope to accomplish?
MS: I want to help people learn about various transportation industry related topics. Whether it’s safety advice, a health tip, or common best practices, I feel I have a lot to offer based on the experiences I’ve had.
I also want to take requests. If any drivers want to learn more about a specific topic, or wish to help me educate the general public, please comment below with your ideas and suggestions.
Thanks for reading! I look forward to my next article coming later this month.
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