Schneider National Set to Publicly Receive Its 25,000th Freightliner-Built Truck into Fleet
October 15 ceremony will celebrate long-standing relationship between industry icons
Green Bay, Wis. – Schneider National, Inc. will host its own version of Octoberfest this week when the company (whose founding family is of German heritage) commemorates the addition of a very special truck into its fleet. Representatives of truck manufacturer Freightliner’s parent company, Daimler Trucks North America, will be on hand to personally deliver the 25,000th Schneider truck to roll off the Freightliner assembly line. Schneider’s Vice President of Maintenance & Driver Recruitment will serve as emcee during the celebration, which will take place on the front steps of the company’s Green Bay, Wis. headquarters (3101 S. Packerland Drive) on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.
The relationship between the industry icons began when Schneider shifted gears in its equipment strategy in 1998, moving from cabover-style tractors to a conventional design.
The 30-minute ceremony will reflect on the 15-year collaboration between Schneider and Freightliner. The driver selected to sit at the helm of the special truck (Michael Darras of Van Wert, Ohio) will also receive the keys to his new ride during the event. Others featured at the event include:
- Chris Lofgren, President and CEO, Schneider National, Inc.
- Rob Reich, Vice President of Maintenance & Driver Recruitment, Schneider National, Inc.
- Steve Mignardi, Director of National Accounts, Daimler Trucks North America
- Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Daimler Trucks North America (Interviews with all will be available post-ceremony)
What: Presentation of the 25,000th Freightliner-built Schneider Truck
Where: Schneider National Corporate Business Center, front steps*
3101 S. Packerland Drive
Green Bay, Wis. 54306
* Rain location: 2nd Floor Landing, Corporate Business Center
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Ceremony: 11 a.m.
How: Guests should park in the visitor parking lot near the front of the building and head to the ceremony site on the front steps.
Following the ceremony, all Green Bay-based Schneider associates will enjoy an Octoberfest-themed lunch, courtesy of Freightliner.
Schneider National's Percentage Lease Option Now Available to Western Owner-Operators
Lease enables owner-operators to select and manage loads; provides total control of business and bottom line results
GREEN BAY, Wis. - (Aug. 28, 2013) - Schneider National, Inc., one of the nation's largest truckload carriers and home to over 2,000 owner-operators, is now offering its popular Percentage Lease option to owner-operators in the Western states. The Percentage Lease provides Schneider owner-operators exclusive access to select loads from one of the largest freight bases in the industry. By self-dispatching and selecting their own loads, Schneider's owner-operators decide when and where they want to run, thereby providing unmatched flexibility and maximum control of their business.
Previously offered primarily in states east of Texas, Schneider's Percentage Lease is now also available to owner-operators in most areas, to include nine Western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
"The Schneider Percentage Lease provides owner-operators maximum control to manage their business and bottom line," said Mike Bethea, director of independent contractor operations, Schneider National. "There is no dispatcher, no agent and no stress; owner-operators have complete visibility to available freight and select the loads that best suit their business or operating needs."
According to Bethea, one of the prime benefits of Schneider's Percentage Lease is the easy-to-use technology. "It's as easy as pick, click and go.
Owner-operators can view loads days in advance and pre-assign the loads they want. Most set up regular tours, which provides consistency in revenues, areas of operation and home time." An online demo of the Percentage Lease system is available within the owner-operator section on www.schneiderjobs.com.
Schneider Percentage Lease owner-operators earn 65 percent of line-haul revenue and 100 percent of fuel surcharge and accessorials. Owner-operators can average revenue of $800 per day, depending on how they want to run their business. Some Schneider owner-operators gross up to $1,000 per day.
Schneider is also currently offering a $7,500 Lease-On Incentive to help owner-operators move their business to Schneider.
"The lease model has given me complete freedom and control over assigning freight, trip planning, revenue earning and home time," said Greg Parker, a Schneider owner-operator. "Within the Schneider freight base, there are many regional, consistent customers to choose from, allowing me to plan a week out. All I have to do is report through the Schneider online system when I'm loading and not loading, along with my estimated time of arrival. I'm my very own dispatcher. Schneider makes it simple to manage and ensure my business is running successfully."
The Percentage Lease is one of two leasing options Schneider makes available to its owner-operators. Schneider also offers a Mileage Lease option to solo or team owner-operators.
The Mileage Lease provides owner-operators the freedom to focus on driving, while Schneider handles the load assignments. Mileage Lease owner-operators earn $.92 per mile with a $.15 per mile Performance Premium and 100 percent fuel surcharge and accessorials. In addition to its $7,500 Lease-On Incentive for solo owner-operators, Schneider is offering a $10,000 incentive to help team owner-operators move their business to Schneider.
With Mileage Lease, owner-operators have multiple driving opportunities to choose from at Schneider, including Over-the-Road, Team, Regional, Dedicated, Port Dray, Intermodal and Tanker.
In addition to lease compensation, Schneider owner-operators have the opportunity to take part in the Purchase Power Program, which saves them thousands of dollars each year on fuel, tires, equipment, insurance, maintenance and more.
Owner-operators interested in business opportunities with Schneider can apply or learn more by visiting www.schneiderjobs.com or by calling 800-28-LEASE (800-285-3273).
Schneider National Adding 200 Jobs in Arizona
New facility in Phoenix supports customers with growing Western Regional service offering
GREEN BAY, Wis. — (August 6, 2013) — Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services, announced today that it is adding 200 truck drivers in Arizona and opening a facility in Phoenix. The new facility, 4044 W. Lower Buckeye Road, is scheduled to open in September and will support Schneider’s growing customer base utilizing its Western Regional service.
Schneider has experienced over 40 percent growth in load volume in Arizona in the past year. The new Phoenix location will complement Schneider’s base of operations and customer service in the West, which includes facilities in Fontana, Calif.; French Camp, Calif.; North Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Ore. Schneider’s Western Regional offering serves customers in 11 western states.
Schneider is hiring both experienced drivers and driving school graduates and is offering sign-on bonuses of up to $5,000. Most drivers will work in Schneider’s Western Regional division, enjoy weekly time-at-home and can earn over $50,000 per year with complete benefits. Driving school graduates are eligible for up to $6,000 in tuition reimbursement.
Lease opportunities with Schneider are also available to owner-operators throughout the state. Owner-operators are eligible for up to $7,500 in a lease-on incentive. Both percent of revenue and mileage lease options are available to owner-operators. This is key, as Schneider previously did not offer its popular percent-of-revenue, or “choice,” lease option to owner-operators west of Texas. The percent-of-revenue lease option enables owner-operators to select loads from Schneider’s load board and dispatch themselves, ensuring maximum control and flexibility for small business owners.
Schneider began its transformation to offer Regional service in 2008, beginning with Western Regional service. The transformation was completed in 2010, with Schneider offering Regional truckload service in the 48 contiguous states through hubs in four regions. Schneider’s Regional service complements its Long Haul, Team Expedited, Dedicated and Bulk truckload services and provides tailored solutions for shippers’ needs.
“Customers continue to explore ways to improve their supply chains, and regional service is a smart solution,” said Dave Geyer, senior vice president and general manager of Schneider Van Truckload. “Our Western Regional service — which specializes in shipments that are 500 miles or less — was the first to launch in 2008. Customers, drivers and owner-operators have seen tremendous value, and expansion in the West will enable our growth.”
Regional miles now make up nearly half of Schneider Van Truckload’s total miles. In the past two years, Schneider has added Regional offices in Columbus, Ohio and Nashville, Tenn. to support its Midwest and Southeast regions, respectively. Additional locations in other regions are being explored for further Regional expansion.
The Phoenix location will add to Schneider’s current network of 36 facilities across North America in which Operations, Customer Service and Driver Services are offered for Van Truckload, Dedicated and Bulk divisions.
About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services. Offering the broadest portfolio of services in the industry, Schneider’s solutions include Van Truckload, Dedicated, Regional, Bulk, Intermodal, Brokerage, Supply Chain Management, Integrated Delivery and Port Logistics.
A $3.5 billion company, Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for over 77 years. For more information about Schneider National, visit www.schneider.com.
Schneider Ride of Pride & B-17
On July 24, a group of 10 representatives from Schneider National took a trip around Green Bay - and back in time - in a World War II-era B-17 bomber. The Schneider Foundation helped bring the vintage aircraft, owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association, to Green Bay's Austin Straubel International Airport for a two-day stint. Those on the Schneider flight were all military veterans or military spouses.
Prior to take off, one of Schneider's Ride of Pride trucks (which are visual representations of the truckload carrier's long-standing and steadfast support of the military) pulled alongside the plane. Posing in front of the impressive vehicles in the attached photo are the Schneider representatives and the B-17 flight crew.
Schneider National Presented With Freightliner's 11th Edition Ride of Pride Truck
Schneider National is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Freightliner to receive the 11th edition of the Ride of Pride truck, a rolling tribute to members of the United States Military - past and present. The new military-themed tractor joins the 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 Ride of Pride tractors, plus the only Canadian Ride of Pride ever produced.
Chuck Ceccacci, an Atlanta, Ga.-based classroom instructor and former driver for Schneider National, has been named the driver of this year's Ride of Pride. Ceccacci, who has worked at Schneider since 1997, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nine years, working as a jet engine mechanic and living in countless places across the globe.
As with all Ride of Pride tucks, employees of Freightliner's manufacturing plant in Cleveland, N.C., created the design to show support for active duty personnel, veterans and families who have lost someone in service, as well as for prisoners of war and those still missing in action.
Schneider National Offers Owner-Operators Free Business Consulting Services
Free access to ATBS business consulting services offered for first six months of lease
GREEN BAY, Wis. – (February 25, 2013) – Making the transition from professional truck driver to successful business owner is often very difficult. From longtime drivers who have dreamed of becoming their own boss to established owner-operators looking to improve their business performance, back office business support is an often-overlooked key to success.
Schneider National began with one truck over 77 years ago and understands the support owner-operators need to be successful. To help owner-operators in today’s fast-paced world of transportation, the company is providing each new owner-operator who leases on with its Van Truckload division in 2013 with six free months of business consulting services from ATBS.
ATBS is the largest owner-operator business services provider in the United States. Business services for owner-operators provided by ATBS include: a personalized profit plan, monthly bookkeeping, monthly profit and loss statements, benchmarking, tax preparation and unlimited business and tax consulting.
“My brothers and I founded ATBS in 1998 after running our own trucking companies and realizing that great drivers have a hard time becoming great owner-operators, usually because they just lack the time to focus on the back-office areas of their business,” says Jeff Amen, vice president, ATBS. “Because they need to maximize their time behind the wheel, there’s precious little time for business planning, bookkeeping and financial management. That’s where ATBS can and does help, evidenced by the fact that folks who use our services achieve 40 percent more profit than the average owner-operator.”
When an owner-operator leases on with Schneider, they will be quickly connected with one of ATBS’s personal business consultants, who serves as a mentor and coach. The consultant will first help the owner-operator design a profit plan based on his/her personal situation and business goals. Settlement statements are automatically sent weekly from Schneider to ATBS; other business information can be transmitted to ATBS in the manner most convenient for the owner-operator (e.g., email, cell phone photos, postal mail). This data is then used to create a monthly profit and loss statement that benchmarks the owner-operator against their database of 40,000 clients. This process highlights precisely where the owner-operator is performing well and where changes can be made to maximize profitability.
In addition, ATBS serves as the owner-operator’s bookkeeper and processes all of his/her paperwork. ATBS also produces quarterly tax estimates and performs year-end tax services—a benefit that owner-operators like John DeBoard appreciates immensely. DeBoard joined Schneider as a company driver in 2008; in December 2011, he purchased a truck through Schneider Finance and became an owner-operator with the company.
“I knew enough about the tax system to know that I couldn’t adequately keep on top of all the paperwork associated with it and drive a truck well,” recalls DeBoard. “I needed someone to take care of all the detail work, and ATBS makes it so simple that I signed on with them right away. All I have to do to attain the goals I’ve set is drive and make good decisions.”
Amen said he wasn’t surprised when Schneider approached him with the idea of offering ATBS services to new owner-operators.
“We’re currently working with 40,000 owner-operators across the country, so we know what types of career opportunities are out there for drivers,” he says. “What we love about Schneider is that they present every opportunity for any owner-operator to be successful. Schneider invests in its owner-operators because they are committed to them and want to see them reach their goals.”
Owner-operators and drivers interested in business or career opportunities with Schneider National can visit www.schneiderjobs.com or call 800-28-LEASE (800-285-3273).
Schneider National to Make 'Dega Dreams Come True for Three Lucky NASCAR Fans
Sweepstakes Winners Will Enjoy VIP Treatment at May 3-5 Race Events
GREEN BAY, Wis. - (January 15, 2013) - Sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle with an extremely powerful engine is something very few people get to do on a regular basis, but professional truck drivers and NASCAR drivers know that thrill well. Schneider National is bringing both these exciting professions together with the launch of its third Drive to 'Dega sweepstakes. Three Grand Prize winners will score tickets and more to Talladega Superspeedway for an adrenaline-filled weekend, May 3-5, 2013.
Each of the three Grand Prize winners will receive four premium box seat tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series races, a
$2,000 prepaid Visa card to cover travel arrangements and other expenses, hotel accommodations and more. They will also get to choose between two ultimate experiences: waving the green flag for cup qualifying or taking a pre-race ride in the pace car.
To enter The Drive to 'Dega sweepstakes, NASCAR fans should visit www.schneiderjobs.com/dega anytime before March 31, 2013. Everyone can enter once per day, and winners will be announced on the company's Facebook page:
All U.S. residents 21 years of age and older are eligible.
"Most professional truck drivers are also big NASCAR fans because the two have so much in common," says Mike Hinz, vice president of Schneider National. "Both focus on fuel mileage, tire wear, running safe and smart, and being profitable after a hard day's work in order to be successful.
That's why it's especially exciting for Schneider National to host the Drive to 'Dega contest."
Schneider National has exceptional career paths for professional drivers and truck driving school graduates in its Regional, Over the Road, Dedicated, Intermodal, Tanker, Team Expedited, Oil Field Transportation and Port Dray divisions. For additional information about career or leasing opportunities with Schneider National, visit www.schneiderjobs.com or call 800-44-PRIDE (800-447-7433).
Schneider offering $6,000 tuition reimbursement to driving school grads
Schneider National is offering $6,000 for tuition reimbursement to qualified driving school graduates. The Green Bay, Wis.-based company says the program will cover the full cost of many truck-driving schools and give drivers a leg up as they enter the industry.
“Schneider National’s tuition reimbursement program helps students overcome a big hurdle in starting a driving career – the cost of attending an accredited truck driving school,” says Mike Hinz, Schneider vice president. “Safety – the heart of our core values and the cornerstone of our commitment to drivers – starts with proper professional training.”
To qualify for the tuition reimbursement program, drivers must be hired by Schneider National within 60 days of graduation. Reimbursement payments of $150 are made monthly, up to $6,000 total. Truck driving school curriculum focuses on developing the foundational skills necessary to earn a CDL and typically is completed in four to eight weeks.
After signing on with Schneider, a driver completes one week of classroom training, followed by one to three weeks of on-the-job training with a training engineer. Drivers learn how to use Schneider’s in-cab technology while completing simulation training and over-the-road work. The time spent with a training engineer varies to ensure each new driver is comfortable as a solo or team driver. Drivers receive training pay during this time before moving to mileage pay.
CVTA Member Mike Hinz Participates in High Level Veterans Meeting on Capitol Hill
On May 28th, we paused to honor those who have served our country by making the ultimate sacrifice. We also celebrated the military personnel who have served in recent conflicts and those who continue to protect us as enlisted members. Unfortunately, too many of these American heroes are returning home unable to find employment to provide for themselves and their families.
Mike Hinz of Schneider National participated in a roundtable discussion with leaders of veterans service organizations, local/national businesses and members of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee in Washington, D.C earlier this month regarding veterans employment opportunities and issues. Hinz stressed the need to simplify and expedite processes that allow veterans to transition into work quickly and easily, and discussed how the trucking industry is ready to immediately put veterans to work.