Crete Carrier Corporation: 3 Benefits of Company Driving

3.Trucks.medium.Angle copyAt some point in your career, you may consider whether to continue driving for a company or become an owner operator. Deciding which option is best for you is a big decision. We are often asked what benefits come with being a company driver. There are many advantages to both, but in this post we will discuss being a company driver. As a driver, you know what your goals are. You also know the level of stress you are willing to take on. This article is not to promote one type of driving over the other, but rather to give you information to help you make an informed decision.

The Freight Comes to You

One of the best features of driving for a company is not worrying about booking your own freight. Owner operators often have the added stress of building relationships with clients and finding new customers. But when you drive for a company, it is not your job to do this. The company you work for will find you freight and keep you productive. When you aren’t productive, neither you or the company are making money. Thus, the company will always work hard to keep your wheels moving. Not having to book your own freight is a huge stress relief for many and allows you to focus on driving. Loads will be assigned to you through a dispatcher or asset manager, which allows you to fully plan your day.

In addition to this, company drivers can typically pick the type of fleet that works best for their family needs. Most large companies have dedicated, regional, and national fleets with varying options on home time. Work-life balance is important in all careers, and having the ability to pick your fleet gives you control of your schedule.

When You’re Done Driving, You’re Done

Owner operators are small business owners, and as such are responsible for day-to-day business activity. This includes finding and booking freight, managing customer expectations, resolving customer complaints, filing taxes, and more. When an owner operator is done driving for the day, they begin working on all of the other business activities that help make them successful.

Company drivers, on the other hand, are not responsible for the business end of trucking. As a company driver, your main responsibility is to deliver the freight on time and safely. Once accomplished, the driver has free time until the next load is assigned. Of course there is paperwork to be filled out and sent in, such as log books if the company doesn’t use E-logs, but for the most part, company drivers are responsible for driving the freight. The company will take care of the rest.

No-stress Paychecks

Company drivers have the benefit of no-stress paychecks, meaning that from week to week most drivers can expect to have similar amounts coming in. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but on average company drivers receive consistent pay checks. There are no costs (maintenance, fuel, business loans, tolls, etc.) to worry about because the company covers those costs.

Speaking of maintenance, that is an additional benefit to being a company driver. Company drivers are responsible for getting the trucks in for regular preventative maintenance or when they notice an issue that needs to be repaired. The cost of these repairs is the company’s responsibility. Owner operators do not have this luxury. Any preventative maintenance or other repair needing to be addressed falls on the shoulders of the owner, which can become quite costly. This includes ensuring that the truck consistently meets DOT regulations.

Photo Credit: James Reynolds

Photo Credit: James Reynolds

Interested in Driving for a Company?

There are many benefits to driving for a company, just like there are many benefits to being an owner operator. If you want to enjoy the open road and have less stress factors to the job, then being a company driver is for you. But how do you do that?

1. Obtain a Class A CDL. You must research schools. While doing this, it is also a good idea to research what company you would like to work for. There are companies that are looking for experienced drivers only and will hire students from specific schools. If your end goal is to work at a company with these requirements, see what options are available.

2. Do your research. Call company recruiters and ask questions important to you. Visit company websites and social media platforms to learn what each offer. Find out everything you can about the company and how it operates.

3. Talk to drivers. This point cannot be emphasized enough. Company recruiters are always there to assist you, but you will get the best feel for a company by talking to its drivers.

4. Compare your notes on each company and begin applying to those that fit your criteria.

Whether a company driver or an owner operator, driving can be a very rewarding career. Doing your research and talking to other drivers on the road will help you decide which path is best for you. If you choose to become a company driver, your research will guide you to the company that fits your needs.

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April 2015 Drivers of the Month

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Ray Lighty Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
Luke Banks Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Fred Davis Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
Daniel Steward Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
James Ebanks DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
Joseph Efurd DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
Richard Leinthall Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
Franck Ciotkowski Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
Brent Galloway Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
Kevin Emo Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Earl Woods Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Eugene Wilson Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Todd Spranger Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
Joshua Keyser Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
Robert Turnbaugh Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
John Kingsley Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
Charley Holmes Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
Robert Desmond New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
James Brown New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
Thomas Ziser New Kingstown, PA – Northeast Regional Shaffer Trucking
Richard Stranberg North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
Kevin Schular Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
Michael Davis Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
Mark Hefner Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Ronald Dunn Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
James Turner Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
Jimmy Branch Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
Toby Weaver Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
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Crete Carrier & Shaffer Trucking: Guaranteed Detention Pay

Guaranteed Detention PayYour time is valuable, which is why Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking are now guaranteeing detention pay for all company OTR drivers. We will guarantee your detention pay for documented delays at shippers and receivers that are beyond your control, regardless of whether we are able to collect detention from the customer. Company drivers and owner operators will be paid per hour for detention. Partial hours will be paid in 15-minute increments. We are constantly working with customers to reduce the time spent waiting for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

As a professional driver, you are instrumental in this program by providing on-time service, accurate arrival and departure calls, and by timely notifying us of the delay situations allowing the customer to be contacted for resolution. With your continued help by following the detention reporting steps identified below, we can continue working with our customers to limit the time spent waiting at the dock.

Requirements for detention collection:

  1. Arrive on or before your scheduled appointment time and send your arrival via the in-cab communications unit when the trailer is made available for loading/unloading.
  2. Always follow any special instructions provided to you at the time you received the trip dispatch.
  3. At one (1) hour after your Early Appointment Time or Arrival Call Time, whichever is later, if you are not ?loaded/unloaded, send a message to notify the operations department of the potential delay.
  4. A Detention P.O. Reference Number will be sent to your in-cab communications unit. Add this reference ?number to your Detention Form.
  5. Send a loaded or empty call message via the in-cab communications unit immediately after being loaded or ?unloaded and receiving the signed trip paperwork.
  6. Complete, according to the instructions on the Detention Form booklet, your Detention Record paperwork and ?Transflo scan it to the company with your trip information.

While we will continue to monitor and aid our customers to get you away from the dock quicker, your help will move the detention billing and payment process forward and reduce your time at the dock. In those situations where it doesn’t, we can at least pay you the compensation quicker, providing you have completed the paperwork to help us accomplish this task.

We are not looking at guaranteed detention compensation as a replacement for pay for miles you drive but rather as supplemental pay for those times you get held up at the dock. Dedicated fleets or customized business arrangements may have different detention compensation guidelines, which are managed by your dispatcher in these fleets. We will always strive to work with the customer to get and keep you moving.

Over the past year, Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking have worked together with customers to successfully decrease wait times at shippers and receivers by over 27 percent. This significant decrease has allowed our drivers to be more productive.

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March 2015 Drivers of the Month

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Gregory Liebig Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
Robert Griffith Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Robert Dye Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
Robert Neal Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
Stephen Dedrick DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
Stephen Tuten DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
Raymond Fike Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
Arthur Grant, Jr. Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
John Dee Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
James Toomey Indianapolis, IN Shaffer Trucking
Douglas Kosowski Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Benjamin Diamond Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Matthew Nikkel Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Angella Ledford Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
David Kuscher Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
Rick & Lois Dailey Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
 Stanley Wilson Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
 David Williams Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
David Bucklin New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
John Carpenter New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
Peter Kellman New Kingstown, PA – Northeast Regional Shaffer Trucking
James Shrout North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
Kevin Schular Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
David Hurley Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
William Ferguson Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Billy Foust Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
Phillip Chavez Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
William Summers Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
Dale Ringo Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
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Crete Carrier Corporation: Exciting Changes to Maintenance


Toward the end of 2014, Crete Carrier asked drivers through social media what we could do to improve our maintenance and shops. While no system is ever perfect, Crete has made some exciting changes to help decrease wait time for our drivers. The objective is to make routine maintenance a better experience for drivers and improve uptime.

The first area that we addressed is wait times. The Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation teams have been working on ideas to expedite repairs so drivers can get back on the road more quickly. One program that was created and is already in effect at the Lenoir City, Wilmer, and Marietta terminals is the inspection lane. As a driver enters the terminal, he or she will drive through the inspection lane. This lane will focus on identifying repairs to lights, tires, brakes, and fluid levels. Identifying any issues with these will allow the truck to be scheduled for maintenance as it enters the yard.

Another exciting change that is in the works is quick lanes. The lanes will be an efficient way for drivers to get minor repairs completed in a timely basis. The first terminals to test the lanes will be Lenoir City, Wilmer, and Marietta.

“We are working hard to listen to our drivers, and make improvements that will make them more productive”, said Kirk Altrichter, vice president of maintenance. “We are always looking for input on ways we can improve. We are a team that needs to work together to keep our customer’s freight moving.”

In addition to these changes, there are a few things that drivers can do to help with truck maintenance.

    1. When it is time for your truck to have routine maintenance done, make sure to call ahead to the terminals you will pass during deliveries. By doing so, you will be able to schedule your maintenance and reduce wait times.
    2. Always complete a pre-trip and post-trip inspection. Report any deficiencies immediately. These inspections are very important in helping you identify maintenance issues with equipment.
    3. Use anti-gel in the winter. Fuel becoming gelled is an easily avoidable winter problem.
    4. Plan ahead for parking, especially during winter months where you are more likely to hit bad weather and poor parking conditions.

Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking Maintenance

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Crete Carrier Health: 3 Tips to Maintaining Healthy Relationships

Crete Carrier Health: Maintaining Healthy RelationshipsMaintaining relationships with friends and family is difficult, but it can be especially challenging as a truck driver. Being away for weeks at a time can often put a lot of stress on the driver and the family back home. In fact, nurturing quality relationships while on the road is one of a driver’s biggest stresses.

We have put together a few tips for you to help you improve your relationships and keep your stress levels low.

Network through social media

According to Buck Black, author of “Healthy Trucker” and licensed therapist, “One of the easiest ways to network with other drivers, make friends, socialize, and find answers to a variety of your problems is to interact on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and other social media channels.”

To start networking and building relationships, begin by following company social media pages. This is a great way to meet other drivers who drive for the same company and experience very similar situations. Plus this can help you feel connected to fellow colleagues while you are on the road.

Spend time together

Planning your time together is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy relationship. This issue is almost impossible to overcome because most truck driver relationships are long distance, but having a plan for your time at home can greatly impact the success of your relationships.

A few ways to spend more time together is to schedule dates for the two of you while you are home. Make sure the dates allow the two of you to not only have fun but to communicate with each other. Another great way to spend time together is to take advantage of your company’s rider policy. Having your spouse join you on the road now and then not only allows him or her to see what life on the road is like for you, but also creates opportunities for the two of you to spend a lot of quality time together.

Plan your communication

Communication will make or break any relationship. Creating a communication plan with family and friends back home will greatly impact the success you have in relationships. When communication is poor, you and your spouse will feel a lack of connectedness and this is especially difficult to overcome while out on the road.

Talk with your spouse and set a time that works best for both of you to have a daily phone conversation. Black advises not to schedule this time right before bed. By following this advice, you and your partner will have enough energy to hold a quality conversation. Remember that a few texts throughout the day can go a long way, but this is not a substitute for a quality phone call.

Healthy relationships are rewarding, and keeping them takes time and effort. Develop a plan to help you network, spend time together, and communicate daily. By doing so, you will help relieve stress while you are on the road.

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Meet The Team Monday: Jenny, Assistant Manager of Driver Development

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This week: meet Jenny, Assistant Manager of our Driver Development Department. She comes from Waltham, MA where her favorite hobbies growing up were cheerleading, dancing, and swimming. Some fun facts about Jenny are that she attended high school in Germany, she’s an avid reader of self-help books, and is a former owner of a coatimundi!

Jenny has also moved twelve times in her life. She attended Peru State College, attained a Bachelors Degree in Business Management, and has been working with us for the past 9 years. What she loves most about working for Crete is our group of trainers. “They bring something new to the table everyday. I love it.”

Jenny’s message to our drivers: “We are always here for you if you need anything. Take care and be safe!”

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Meet Deb, Fleet Manager for our Owner-Operator Division

Meet the Team Monday, Deb MaloyThis week: meet Deb, fleet manager of our Owner-Operator Department. After 40 years of being with us (yes, 40!) she continues to contribute to the growth of our Owner-Operator fleet! Deb was born and raised in Loup City, NE and you’ll never catch her without fingernail clippers, Chapstick and a smile because they are her “essentials to living”. In her down time she’s an avid gardener, baker and flea market shopper.

Her favorite part about being with us for 40 years is the free parking and the camaraderie that is entailed with working for Crete! On behalf of Crete, we want to recognize Deb for her loyalty and contribution to the past, present and future success of the company!

Deb’s message to our drivers: “Thank you for your service, work hard and enjoy the adventure!”

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February 2015 Drivers of the Month

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
 Randall Hiles Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
 Michael Clawson Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
 Gerardo Zavala Pineda Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
 Myron Holt Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
 Nelson Damm DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
 Michael Hammond DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
 Spencer Zoldan Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
 Richard Fowler II Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
 Michael Doherty Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
 Billy Harper Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
 Chris Idermuehle Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
 Bobby Miracle Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
 Michael Hodges Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
 Dale Link Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
 Michael Manatt Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
 Ray Smith Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
 David Williams Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
 Norman Charron New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
 Wade Honeysette New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
 Kenneth Stepp New Kingstown, PA – Northeast Regional Shaffer Trucking
 Terry Hudson North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
 David Smith Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
 Rodel Larioza Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
 James Glick Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
 Franklin Berryman Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
 Clinton Toms Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
 Rodney Piester Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
 AJ Timmerman Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
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Meet Storm, Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking Asset Manager

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This week: meet Storm. Storm is an asset manager. She was born and raised here in Lincoln and has worked with the company for almost a year. When asked which celebrity would play her in a movie, she said she’d like Emma Stone to fulfill the role because she is “sooo tremendous”.

Before coming to Crete, Storm attended Doane College where she majored in Psychology and Spanish. Her role as an asset manager for Crete is to work with drivers to resolve any conflicts that come up while on the road. A fun fact about her is that she is also training for a triathlon and is an enthusiast of eating cookies for breakfast. Work hard! Play hard!

Storm’s message to our drivers: “Communication and clarification is key. Us asset managers will always be here for you, just make sure you are keeping in touch.”

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Meet Todd From the Crete Carrier Recruiting Department

Todd from the Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation Recruiting Departments

This week: meet Todd from the Recruiting Department. He was born and raised in the booming metropolis of Lincoln, NE. As a kid, Todd loved hunting, fishing, baseball… practically anything considered a sport. He attended Kearney State College, where he played baseball and attained a comprehensive degree in Criminal Justice and Criminal Law. In his free time, Todd still enjoys hunting and fishing.

His role as a recruiter is to provide opportunities to people who want to better themselves in the trucking industry. Todd has worked for Crete Carrier Corporation for 16 years. He enjoys working for us because “our recruiting department knows how to make things happen”.

Todd’s message to our drivers:
“When you’re having a bad day, just remember the opportunity is always here for you. We love investing in our drivers.”

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Visit Crete Carrier at 2015 Mid-American Truck Show in Louisville, KY

Today marks the opening of the Mid-American Truck Show, held in Louisville, Kentucky.  We could not be more excited to be here!  This year we have a many different positions to fill between all three companies, Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation.  Each company has a variety of fleet options available, including national, regional, and dedicated all with varying hometimes.  Below are a couple of examples of the jobs we have available.  If you would like to see a full list, you can visit us at CreteCarrierJobs.com, HuntTransportationJobs.com, or ShafferJobs.com.

Examples of Jobs:
http://cretecarrierjobs.com/job/top-pay-over-the-road-truck-driving-jobs-in-washington/
http://shafferjobs.com/job/over-road-truck-driver-21-days-outtop-50-make-68000-fort-collins-co/
http://hunttransportationjobs.com/job/flatbed-otr-national-fleet-top-pay-certified-texas/

We would love the opportunity to chat with you about our open positions.  Stop by booth number 69052 to visit with recruiters Brad or Todd.  While you are there, don’t forget to sign up to win a Truck Fridge!  See below for official rules.

OFFICIAL RULES

CRETE CARRIER “REFRIGERATOR GIVEAWAY” SWEEPSTAKES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN
MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO ENTER
SWEEPSTAKES DESCRIPTION: The Crete Carrier “Refrigerator Giveaway” (the “Sweepstakes”) begins on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 6am CDT and ends September 30st at midnight CDT (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Crete Carrier will give away four (4) small truck-size refrigerators in drawings during the Sweepstakes Period. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Crete Carrier, 400 NW 56th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68528 (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.
ELIGIBILITY: Only legal residents of the United States, except residents of New York, Florida or New Jersey, who are 21 years of age or older at time of entry are eligible to enter. Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective officers, directors and employees (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”), are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win any prize. Void in New York, Florida and New Jersey, and where prohibited or restricted by law.
HOW TO ENTER: Participants enter the Sweepstakes by attending the Mid-America Trucking Show and/or the Great American Trucking Show and following the instructions provided at the Crete Carrier Booth. You will be asked to complete a short online entry (just your name, address, phone number and email address) available on electronic devices provided by employees of Sponsor. You must provide a valid email address in order to be entered into the Sweepstakes
Entries are limited to one per day per email address. A valid email address is required in order to receive an entry to the Sweepstakes, and the email address is the only means by which winners will be contacted. Failure to provide a correct email address will disqualify entrants from the Sweepstakes. All entries must be received during the Sweepstakes Period in order to win the prize. Any attempts made by the same individual to submit multiple entries by using multiple email addressed will be disqualified. Winners will be drawn twice during the Sweepstakes Period as more fully described below.
DRAWING: One drawing for one prize will be held on March 31, 2015, at the end of the Mid-America Trucking Show, and another drawing will be held for 3 prizes on October 2, 2015 at the end of the Great American Trucking Show. The drawings will be held by the Sponsor, whose decisions will be final. Winners will be notified within approximately 5 days of the drawing. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries, divided by the number of prizes then available.
PRIZES: There will be 4 winners drawn from the eligible entries. Each winner will receive Truck Fridge (TF49CAS or TF49PRO). The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the prize is $499.99 per refrigerator, for a total of approximately $1,999.96. Instructions on obtaining the refrigerators will be in the email notifying the winners.
WINNER NOTIFICATIONS. The potential winners will be notified by email using the contact information given at the time of entry. Sweepstakes Entities shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential winner for any reason. If, despite reasonable efforts, the potential winner does not respond within three (3) days of the first notification attempt, or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner may be selected. If any potential winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines a prize for any reason prior to award, such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. Sponsor will successively attempt to contact up to two (2) potential winners of the prize in accordance with such procedure, and if there is still no confirmed winner of the prize in question after such attempts have been made, the prize may go unawarded.
Prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitutions will be allowed, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize(s) of comparable value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. Any travel associated with the Promotion or the Prize is at the winner’s own risk, and Sponsor assumes only the costs explicitly detailed herein.
GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS: Prize Winners shall be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, if any, and the reporting consequences thereof, and for any other fees or costs associated with the prize. The potential winners may be required to execute within five (5) days of notification an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability, and (where legal) a Publicity Release (collectively, “Prize Claim Documents”).
GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE: Acceptance of a prize constitutes Winner’s permission for Sponsor to use Winner’s name, photograph, likeness, voice, biographical information, statements and address (city and state) for advertising and/or publicity purposes worldwide and in all forms of media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, without further compensation, where permitted by law. Entrants agree that the Sweepstakes Entities: (a) shall not be responsible or liable for, and are hereby released from, any and all costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or from entrants’ acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize, and (b) have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose. Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for the acts or omissions of transportation carriers or other service providers. Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, or lost prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet service providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.
WINNER VERIFICATION: Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes.   The potential winner may be requested to provide the Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry. If a dispute involving a participant’s identity cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the entry will be deemed ineligible.
FORCE MAJEURE: Sponsor reserves the right to modify, extend, suspend, or terminate the Sweepstakes, in whole or in part, if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the Sweepstakes or any particular Sweepstakes drawing is technically impaired or corrupted or that fraud or technical problems, failures or malfunctions or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control have destroyed or severely undermined or to any degree impaired the integrity, administration, security, proper play and/or feasibility of the Sweepstakes or particular sweepstakes drawing as contemplated herein. In the event Sponsor is prevented from awarding prizes or continuing with the Sweepstakes or a particular Sweepstakes drawing as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, then subject to any governmental approval which may be required, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Sweepstakes in its entirety or the affected portion of the Sweepstakes.
DISPUTES: Only the type and quantity of prizes described in these Official Rules will be awarded. The Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with law by a duly authorized representative of Sponsor. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
ARBITRATION AND CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, and judgment upon any arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes), and entrant further waives all rights, if any, to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the right and obligation of entrants and Sponsor in connection with this Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of Nebraska, USA, without regard to Nebraska choice of law provisions.
PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION: Information submitted to Sponsor by any entrant is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy located at cretecarrierjobs.com, Shafferjobs.com and hunttransportationjobs.com. By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personally identifying information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.
WINNER LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain a copy of any legally-required winner list, send an email to: Crete Carrier Corporation Attn: Marketing P.O. Box 81228, Lincoln, NE 68501. All such requests must be received by October 31, 2015. These Official Rules will be posted on the Crete Carrier website.
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Brian Puff, Crete Carrier Driver, Named Highway Angel for Actions in Accident

IMG_4079editedWe are very proud to announce that Crete Carrier driver, Brian Puff of Jacksonville, North Carolina, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) for his willingness to stop and help at the scene of a fatal accident.

On Oct. 14, 2014, in the late morning, Puff was headed westbound on Interstate 80 near North Platte, Nebraska. An SUV passed him and then suddenly crossed the median. It plowed head-on into a tractor trailer that was heading eastbound. The tractor-trailer burst into flames, but its driver managed to jump out just in time.

Too dazed to think clearly, the tractor trailer driver was unable to tell Puff what type of load he was carrying. Puff feared there could be hazardous materials inside the trailer, so he got the man into his truck and drove him a quarter mile up the road to a safe location.

After getting the semi-driver to safety, Puff ran back to the SUV to check on the condition of the driver who had caused the accident. Unfortunately, there was not much that could be done, as he had been fatally injured.

Puff stayed with him, comforting him until he passed away.

Then two bystanders told Puff that they thought they had seen children’s clothes in the car, so he began frantically searching through the back seat for possible children. He was greatly relieved to find that they had been wrong. No one else was there.

Finally, while waiting for the first responders to arrive, Puff noticed several bystanders taking pictures and videos of the gruesome scene, never offering to help. He yelled at them to get away from the tractor trailer because the type of load was unknown and could be dangerous. The tractor trailer driver finally produced a document showing that his load was not hazardous, so when the police arrived, Puff was able to tell relay this important information and give a statement about what he had witnessed.

“I can’t begin to tell you how glad I am that there were no children involved,” said Puff, who performed crash, fire, and rescue services for the U.S. Marines for more than eight years before becoming a professional truck driver. “The sad thing was that if the driver of the SUV had been wearing his seatbelt, he would have lived. I just hope he didn’t suffer.”


TCA’s Highway Angel program is sponsored by EpicView. Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job.

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Meet Katie From the Crete Carrier Recruiting Department

Crete Carrier Recruiting, Recruiting Department, Meet the TeamThis week: meet Katie from the Recruiting Department. She resides from Kerman, CA but came to Nebraska to get her degree in Business Administration from York College. She loves gardening, shopping, and listening to Eric Church.

If she were to be a cartoon character, she would pick ‘Gru’ from the movie Despicable Me because he, “tries to act tough on the outside, but on the inside he has a big heart”. This is why she loves working for Crete, because “everyone here is easygoing and friendly.”

Being a recruiter, she calls potential drivers who are looking to get on board with Crete, Shaffer, and Hunt. Needless to say, she does a great job! On behalf of Crete Carrier Corporation, we want to say that we are grateful for Katie and everything she does!

Katie’s message to our drivers:
“Thank you for everything you do!”

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