Foodliner is one of the largest food grade tanker trucking companies in the U.S. The company is part of the McCoy Group, which was founded in 1958. Today, McCoy is still a family-owned and operated.
The Foodliner subsidiary generates approximately $300 million in revenue serving customers in North America. Their fleet includes 1,000 tractors and 3,000 trailers.
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The company only hauls bulk edibles, including sugar, edible oils, corn starch, water, flour, glycerin, juices, chocolate, cocoa and yeast.
Foodliner offers a number of services, and drivers have the opportunity to earn a competitive salary with dependable, well-established company.
Foodliner Trucking Division Services
Foodliner specializes in bulk food grade transportation. The company has a food grade tanker fleet of 800 company-owned tractors and 1,600 trailers.
Foodliner’s trucking division services include:
Dry Bulk Transport
Foodliner offers dry bulk shipping services to all of North America as well as Mexico. The company’s strict adherence to HACCP ensures that goods maintain their quality throughout the shipping process.
The company specializes in the following:
- Bag-to-bulk loading
- Rail/truck transfer
- Self-loading trailers
- Tank-to-gaylord loading
- Bulk-to-tote loading
Drivers are specially trained to ensure that shipments arrive on time and in high quality condition. Tankers go through a stringent, specialized sanitization process to ensure that all equipment and handling exceeds industry standards.
Foodliner also has a kosher trailer certificate and a kosher tank wash certificate.
Liquid Bulk Transport
Foodliner also specializes in food grade liquid bulk transport. This division follows a strict adherence to HACCP, and drivers are specially trained to ship liquid products safely and properly.
The company also offers specialized services in this division, including:
- Inventory management
- Air unload
- Rail/truck transfer
- Bulk to drum transfer
- Storage and warehouse options
- Customized carrier development and dedicated moves
- Kosher certified
Foodliner Driver Pay and Benefits
Foodliner’s operations are all coordinated from their central dispatch office in Dubuque, Iowa.
They have been running electronic driver logs for more than a decade, and their fleet is dispersed among 22 company terminals in: Illinois, California, Indiana, Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, Michigan, Maryland, Nebraska, Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Texas.
In order to work as a company driver, you must meet certain requirements:
- At least 22 years of age
- Maintain a clean and safe driving record
- Have a valid CDL-Class A license
- At least two years of verifiable tractor-trailer driving experience, or one year of experience and driving school certification
- Pass a DOT physical and drug screening
- Meet the DOT’s medical standards
- Knowledge of the DOT’s regulations
Foodliner only recently started hiring drivers right out of truck driving school. The company has developed relationships with six truck driving schools. Foodliner has provided tank trailers to some schools so that students can get more realistic training.
Those who are hired right out of driving school are given an additional 80 hours of training focused on the tank truck carrier. Drivers who work in the liquid division receive at least a week of on-the-road training, while drivers who work in the dry bulk division receive at least two weeks of training.
But what about base compensation?
How much do company drivers earn? According to Indeed.com and our own driver surveys, Foodliner drivers earn:
- $74,580 per year
Job listings for Foodliner state that drivers earn between $70,000 and $80,000 per year.
New Driver Sign-On Bonus
Foodliner now offers a $3,000 sign-on bonus for new drivers. If you have at least one year of verifiable bulk experience, you’ll receive a $5,000 sign-on bonus.
The company also offers:
- A referral bonus of $4,000
- Quarterly performance bonus
- Annual longevity bonus
- DOT inspection compensation
In addition to a base salary, drivers also receive the following benefits:
- Health insurance: Coverage is available for full-time employees who work at least 30 hours per week and are available for regular dispatch. A bridge plan is available from the start of employment. After 90 days of employment, drivers are eligible for the standard health insurance plan. Wellness programs are available. Employer pays 2/3 of insurance premiums.
- Vision insurance through Avesis.
- Dental insurance through Delta Dental.
- Short- and long-term disability.
- Group and voluntary life insurance.
- Flexible spending program.
- 401(K) program.
- Paid vacation and personal days.
- Paid holidays.
- Weekly pay settlement.
- Mileage pay and compensation for additional time on the road.
- Detention pay.
- Breakdown pay.
- Paid uniforms program.
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