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Marten Transport

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CDLLIFE was able to connect with Marten Transport in order to find out more about who they are.  We got the opportunity to ask a series of questions to help introduce them to prospective drivers who may never have heard of them. Here are the questions we asked and answers that Marten Transport gave us.

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In a paragraph or two, take some time and tell our readers a little bit about your company. In other words, who are you and what do you do?

Marten Transport was started by Roger Marten in 1946 with a loan from his mother to purchase his first truck which he used to haul milk from farms in the Mondovi, WI area to the local creamery. Over the past 70 + years, Marten Transport has grown from those humble beginnings to become a multi-faceted time and temperature sensitive carrier serving the US, Canada and Mexico.

The company operates a fleet of 2,800 tractors and both refrigerated and dry trailers. Traditionally known as a refrigerated, long-haul carrier, over the past 10 years, Marten has expanded into regional, intermodal and dedicated operations. And in 2016, Marten began our dry-van division. Still headquartered in Mondovi, WI, Marten continues to be an innovator and leader in the transportation industry.

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In your mind, what makes your company unique from all of the other trucking companies that exist?

Marten Transport has spent the last several years building the kinds of driving jobs drivers want along with a compensation plan built with e-logs in mind. Every week we work to create more driving positions that offer power-lane running with weekly home time. We realize drivers are the life blood of the company and we go above and beyond to support them.

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With there being so much competition between trucking companies for experienced drivers why should a prospective driver consider working for your company as opposed to all of the other trucking companies that are looking to hire drivers?

Marten realizes how valuable our drivers’ time is. That’s why we were the first carrier to offer automatic detention pay. And Marten continues to be the only carrier that offers inclement weather shutdown pay. We actually pay our drivers to shut down when road conditions become so poor that accident possibilities become far too great. We don’t want our drivers taking unnecessary risks. Marten drivers are paid $20.00 per hour for detention and weather shutdown pay. No other carrier comes close. This keeps our drivers’ earnings consistent from week to week.

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What can you tell our readers about the culture of your company?

Our culture was established by Roger Marten and continues under Randy Marten. “Treat customers and drivers with the respect they deserve and success will come naturally.”

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Can you share with our reader’s some things that they may not know about you?

Over 70% of Marten drivers are home weekly with average weekly earnings of $1150.00. We offer refrigerated and dry van opportunities to drivers. And we have added over 700 dedicated driving positions in the past 4 years.

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Most of our readers of very aware of the turnover problem that exists within the trucking industry. Generally, what is your company’s thoughts on driver turnover and what is your company doing to reduce the turnover rate at your organization?

Part of the turnover issue is due to carriers not listening to what drivers want. We’ve listened to our drivers and have made a concerted effort to offer weekly home time to as many drivers as possible. We create jobs in power lanes to keep drivers within a day to a day and a half from home. When our fleet managers and drivers work together to build expectations, both the company and the drivers succeed.

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What type of freight does your company haul?

While the majority of our trailers are refrigerated, Marten not only hauls food, produce and beverages but also dry commodities and non-food items that must be protected from temperature extremes.

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What’s the typical running area that your company operates in?

Marten operates in the US and Canada. We also have interchange agreements with Mexican carriers. With 12 regional fleets covering the vast majority of the US, most drivers operate within a regional network or on a dedicated fleet. Fewer than 10 percent of our drivers operate in a traditional long-haul environment.

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As best as you can, can you summarize all of the different truck driving jobs that your company is hiring for?

Regional positions are available in nearly all states except ME, VT, NH, ND, SD, MT, WY, NM. OTR positions in nearly all states except ND, SD, MT, WY and NM. We have dedicated positions available in WA, OR, CA, AZ, CO, TX, AR, IA, WI, MN, IL, IN, MI, OH, MS, TN, AL, GA. We have dry van positions with weekly home time available in Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Memphis, Atlanta and Charlotte.

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Can you provide our readers with general information about how your company compensates drivers that work for you?

Regional and OTR drivers are compensated by the mile AND hourly. All hourly pay is compensated at $20.00 per hour. This includes detention time (after 1 hour), inclement weather shutdown pay, and trailer maintenance downtime pay. Mileage pay is on a sliding scale based on length of haul and driver experience. The shorter the miles, the higher the mileage rate. Miles are calculated using Rand McNally Household Goods miles. Dedicated drivers are compensated in a variety of ways based on the nature of the dedicated business. It could be salary, hourly, mileage or a combination of all. The average driver at Marten earned gross pay of $1,150.00 per week in 2016. Our top earners (top 10%) averaged over $1,300.00 per week in 2016.

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What are your minimum hiring qualifications?

We prefer 1 year of prior OTR experience but will accept a driver with as little as 6 months with a spotless record (no accidents or citations)

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If a driver wants to get in touch with you who should they call and how do they apply?

Call 800-395-3331 or they can apply at our website.

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If there is any additional information that you would like to share with our audience of professional truck drivers?

Over the past 5 years, Marten has focused on building a driver compensation plan with e-logs in mind. Most carriers only offer a mileage based pay plan which worked fine with paper logs. But with e-logs, you can’t stop your clock. Your time is valuable. That’s why Marten pays our drivers $20.00 per hour after one hour waiting to load or unload.* And it’s why we pay $20.00 per hour for inclement weather shutdowns when road conditions are too poor to risk driving.* And it’s why we pay $20.00 per hour when you have to wait to have a spotted trailer repaired before you can hit the road.* (*Detention paid after 1 hour. Inclement weather paid up to $100 per day. Maintenance downtime pay begins as soon as the driver calls road service, up to $100 per day) If you are looking for a driving career with consistent weekly earnings and regular hometime you can plan your life around, give us a call. Chances are we have the opportunity you are looking for!

Marten Transport Equipment

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What type of equipment does your company operate?

 

Marten likes variety in our fleet. The fleet is currently comprised of Freightliner Cascadias, Kenworth T680s, Volvo 670s and Peterbilt 579s.

 Tractors

  • The average age of our company tractors is 2.3 years.
  • APU Equipped for our drivers comfort
  • Trade cycle – approximately 48 months or 500,000 miles
  • Permanently assigned tractors – no slip seating (excludes Flex Fleet)
  • Qualcomm satellite unit included in each tractor
  • CB hook-up provided
  • In-cab scanning
  • Electronic logs
  • GPS navigation
  • Omnitracs

Trailers

Our fleet of trailers include Great Dane, Wabash and Utility models – all of which are 53-foot units. The average age of our trailers is less than three years old.

  • All of our units our 53′ space-saver reefers
  • Designed to hold temp. between – 20° and 80°
  • 100% air-ride equipped
  • Maximum cargo weight 45,500 pounds

Reefer Units

All Marten Trailers are equipped with reefer units. These units are manufactured by Thermo King and Carrier and are replaced every five to six years.

Marten Transport Trucking Jobs

CDLLIFE spent some time researching Marten Transport and all of the various jobs that they offer. After review, CDLLIFE has determined that Marten Transport has a wide diversity of driving jobs available which should allow Marten to match drivers up with career opportunities that fits their needs the best.

Marten has several dedicated lanes which they call “power lanes” which was designed to get drivers consistent miles in addition to regularly scheduled home time. Marten also has several terminals that allows for a regional based driving model as opposed to the traditional OTR freight network.  Like many other companies, Marten has an OTR network of freight for drivers that are looking to run true OTR.

Below are some of the more well know driving positions at Marten Transport.

Marten Transport has a variety of dedicated runs that they have assembled that provides consistent weekly pay and a home most days lifestyle.

If you need more consistency in your schedule, we offer dedicated runs and long-term opportunities that provide steady freight, excellent benefits and more.

In order to find out if Marten has a dedicated lane within your hiring area you will need to call their recruiting department to find out more details.

Marten Transport has 11 different regional operating areas. Regional drivers can expect consistent hometime & weekly mileage expectations. Drivers will primarily operate in the areas defined below in each regional map. Marten claims that their may be times when the driver will find themselves outside the region, but fleet managers will make every effort to quickly return the driver to the correct region. Drivers will be dispatched out of the Mondovi, WI terminal.

Marten Transport is a certified Top Pay Carrier and their over-the-road division is perfect for drivers that want to run everywhere.

Marten Transport Terminals

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How many terminals does your company have and where are they located at?

 

Marten has 14 terminals and 4 dedicated operations centers across the country. Our corporate office is located in Mondovi, WI. Terminal locations include Carlisle, PA, Colonial Heights, VA, Zionsville, IN, Tucker, GA, Tampa, FL, Memphis, TN, Edwardsville, KS, Desoto, TX, Laredo, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Otay Mesa, CA, Jurupa Valley, CA and Wilsonville, OR. Dedicated operations centers are located in Clarksville, AR, New Albany, MS, Shelbyville, TN and Tomah, WI.