Werner is among the largest trucking companies in the US. The company was founded in 1956, and although it is now publicly traded, the Werner family still holds 40% ownership. The Werner fleet consists of 5,500 trucks and 15,000 trailers in the US and Canada. The company also provides trailer service in Mexico. Werner specializes in carrying groceries, containers, paper products, lumber and retail merchandise. In the 1990s, Werner expanded their dedicated fleet services and specialty shipping. Werner was one of the first trucking companies start using paperless logs, an electronic system that provides dispatch with continual information about the driver’s hours-of-service status. The company’s headquarters is in Omaha, Nebraska.
According to the Werner website, the North American fleet is made up of 7,300 trucks and 25,000 trailers with an average age of trucks in the fleet is 1.5 years, which provides better driver satisfaction and retention, improved fuel economy and reduced down time. Werner uses Peterbilts, Freightliners, International Prostars and Kenworths.
Werner’s major driving divisions are 48-State Van, Dedicated, Regional, Team, Flatbed and Canadian. Werner hires both company drivers and owner-operators. Although Werner does not have a CDL training program at present, they do hire new drivers and pair them with trainers. The newly licensed driver will work closely with an experienced driver in a team driving experience.
Because of Werner’s large size, it should be fairly easy to find current Werner drivers who are able to share their experiences with you. If you hang out at a truck stop and ask around, you may be able to get an accurate picture of life in one of the biggest trucking companies in the US. Be sure to seek out the positive and negative, and account for the fact that some people’s perspectives are overly rosy while others are perpetually negative.
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