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Interstate Distributor Co., the sixty-sixth largest U.S. truckload carrier, has announced a new owner operator program out of their Lebanon, Tenn., terminal. Driving associates who desire to run their own business now have a true partner to help them achieve their goals.
“We recognize that a large number of new CDL holders have entered the industry over the past few years when small businesses and construction jobs dried up,” says Nick Wakefield, director of recruiting and human resources. “These individuals turned to driving for work during the recession because carriers were still hiring. Interstate wants to get these small business owners back to work growing their own business. Our experience in partnering with contracted carriers helped us create a career channel for drivers to go from associate to owner operator to independent carrier all without having to leave our customer network.”
Interstate Distributor Co. started a new owner operator program this month that is ideal for the company driver or single truck owner who wants to build their own business. Wakefield says Interstate worked hard to design a program that allows a small business owner to successfully grow.
“Through our program, an owner operator is able to pre-qualify for up to 68 percent of the load revenue and receive 100 percent of the fuel surcharge,” says Wakefield. “Interstate also provides a fuel purchase card through our contracted carrier program.”
The fuel purchase card allows independent carriers and owner operators to lower their fuel costs when running with Interstate. The fuel purchase card provides carriers 10 cents per gallon discount from the posted price in network at Flying J and Pilot Centers. Carriers also have access to purchase fuel at the posted price at all Interstate yards. The fuel purchase card is an added reward of partnering with Interstate. The company has chosen not to charge any transaction fees for making purchases within the program.
“We look forward to connecting with these driver associates who want to reboot their driving businesses,” Wakefield adds. “There’s no better partner for them than Interstate.”