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.
“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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Attention Celadon drivers! We will be going live on Facebook on Friday, September 14th, to announce one lucky winner of a vacation to Orange Lake Resorts in Kissimmee, Florida!
What You Need to Do to Win
Absolutely nothing has to be done on your part for a chance to win! We will be holding a random drawing on Friday to select the winner.
What You Get
A week’s stay at the resort, a $500 plane voucher, and a $500 gift card for the week!
What to Do at Orange Lake
There’s so much to do you don’t even need to leave the resort if you so choose! Golf, lay out by the pool, play racquet ball or tennis. Enjoy a variety of lakeside activities and on-site restaurants, all at the tip of your fingers!
If you do feel like venturing out, you’re a short drive away from all of Orlando’s great theme parks and attractions (Disney World and Universal Studios, just to name a few)!
Tune in on Friday at 4 p.m. (EST) to find out if you won!
*A winner will be selected from all current Celadon drivers, you don’t need to do anything to get entered!
**You do not need to be in Indianapolis to receive the giveaway.