Ok, it’s time to spill the beans. Many that follow my misadventures over the last number of years have read that I moved on from Big G back in late October, but I have never officially said who or what I haul, only hinted at my new company, and their freight. I held off doing this partially because there are some members who felt certain that I would start having issues and complaining about the new company and wouldn’t last a couple months before I was miserable and hateful again. If any members placed bets on this or the over/under odds looked tempting, I hope you took the “over”. It’s been more than 60 days, and———-drum roll please————, I am still as happy here today as I was the day I started.
The name of the company is Moore Freight Services out of Mascot (Knoxville) TN. A dedicated glass hauling company. Now, some might say “snackbar, hauling glass is too dangerous, you’re gonna get yourself sliced and diced”…and, in part, it’s possible. But, like hauling anything dangerous, glass is no more dangerous than anything else as long as you respect what you’re hauling an how you’re hauling it. There are a lot of drivers out there unwilling or not qualified to handle this type of freight. But, after more than 2 months of this, I never want to haul anything else. I have found a company where I fit in, and can enjoy the crap out of trucking again. And it has also made me a better, more cautious driver.
To be honest, glass isn’t as easy to break while transporting it as many invision (including myself). Once strapped to the trailer, it is very tolerant to rough roads and potholes. What breaks it is sudden abrupt direction changes and sudden panic stops. No more bouncing thru some of these truckstop parking lots that look like the lunar surface….slow and easy, give the glass time to adjust to the flex of the trailer. No curbing or sudden turns, and no lightening starts going around a corner.
We haul what they call raw glass. Big, uncut sheets up to 130″ x 240″, (some smaller), and up to 1″ thick. This isn’t me, but this is on Moore’s Facebook page. Kinda puts the size into perspective
We haul double drops, single drops, flatbed and rack loads on dry vans. Our single drop and flatbeds are the roller tarp conastogas, our double drops are the A-frame drape tarp trailers.
Why do I like it so much here? Every level of management from the Owner to many members of the operations and safety department have someone their department that has done my job. I am not working for a bunch of pencil pushing bean counters, I am working for glass haulers that know exactly what I am going thru. They know what it’s like, and they get it when there is a problem. And they have something that many other company’s management have lost….they have RESPECT for the drivers in the company. Plus, no more grocery warehouses, no more lumpers, no more backhauls (at least 98% of the time). Also, almost no live loading(again, 98% of the time). I hook up to my preloaded trailer, check the securement. If it’s a double drop, lace the tarps then roll. We deliver to customers who make the windows that people buy, so they have the facilities to get us in, unloaded and out fairly quickly, usually the only delay is my slow butt because we have to pull the tarps (on double drops) or roll the role-tite tarp back, then unsecure the load and stow the gear. Once empty, I deadhead back to one of our customers production plant drop yards and do it all over again. This may sound like a lot of wasted miles, but the boss had found out that the cost of lost productivity finding, loading, and unloading general open deck freight cost more in terms of the drivers time, which results in lost productivity moving glass, That most times this lost productivity costs more than just deadheading back. I did do one live load at a glass plant, that delivered to another glass plant. But those are very rare. We do move a fair amount of glass from one plant to another, but more often than not, it’s preloaded. So, short and sweet, we only haul glass…which is good and bad. The good is, once empty I am ready to haul another load as quick as my logbook allows me to get back to a plant. And I am usually preplanned before I get there. The bad side is, glass is a construction material. So, this time of year, with the weather we have been having, freight is a little slow. But, I am still making better money than I was at Big G at the end of the month. Come spring…it will be a lot better than any place I have ever worked in terms of pay. They start at $.55/mile if you stay in the US, $.65/mile for open deck loads to Canada ($.59 for the van loads to Canada). Mostly Mack Pinnacles with the MP8 and mDrive 12 speeds. They also have some Volvos with the iDrive 12 speeds as well. I guess, if there was anything for me to complain about working here, I guess it would be the mDrive transmissions. Being an old fart like I am, I like a manual. But, with the way the industry is headed, there are fewer and fewer companies with manual transmissions out there. In the not too distant future, I’m guessing, it will be like it is with cars. If you want a manual, it is an option with a price. Honestly, for me, it may be like it was when Crete 1st put me on e-logs…I hated them…at first. But once I got use to them and learned how to take advantage of their benefits, I grew to love e-logs. Now, I wouldn’t want to drive without them. The same may be true with the mDrive, once I get over the stubborn side of me not liking auto’s…I may become a automated transmission believer. Koolaide anyone?
So there it is…I am officially a glass hauler….and loving it!!