Backed by one of the biggest names in the beverage industry, Red Classic offers a unique opportunity for drivers to enjoy reliable work and for owner operators to leverage an expansive, nationwide network.

A positive, values-based culture helps create a friendly environment that makes work enjoyable.

Who is Red Classic?

Red Classic

Initially, Red Classic was a private fleet for Coca-Cola Consolidated. They hauled raw materials and finished products to and from Coca-Cola bottling facilities.

Over time, the company has expanded and now fills empty backhauls with new customer freight.

In 2011, Red Classic began serving customers in the Southeast. They’ve been expanding ever since.

Today, Red Classic has a growing OTR network and more than 20,000 carrier partners. Although they’ve branched out, they’re still the dedicated carrier for Coca-Cola Consolidated and haul more than 287,000 Coca-Cola products each year. They offer both local driving jobs and OTR opportunities.

The company is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Carrier partners enjoy high-volume lane opportunities and loads that ship 365 days per year. In addition to beverages, partner carriers can also haul oil and gas, food goods, paper and packaging, pet care products, building materials, auto parts, home goods and more.

The company’s national network of strategic backhaul freight minimizes deadhead while maximizing profitability for each load. The company has shipping locations and warehouses in major urban areas, and they operate in areas that provide the most profitability.

Red Classic offers both CDL-A local and OTR driving opportunities.

Drivers will be responsible for hauling freight throughout the Midwest and Southeast.

Red Classic Local Drivers

Local Red Classic drivers enjoy daily home time and can earn $1,000 or more per week. Drivers are expected to deliver freight for both external customers and Coca-Cola Consolidated.

Local drivers are expected to make safety a top priority, and adhere to all company policies and procedures.

In order to be considered for a local position, drivers must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 23 years of age
  • Have a valid CDL-A license
  • Have an excellent safety record
  • Available to work evenings
  • Have an excellent driving record (the company will review a 7-year Motor Vehicle Report)
  • Minimum 12 months of verifiable tractor-trailer combination experience
  • Be able to pass and maintain DOT physical requirements

Local drivers also enjoy a host of benefits as well as competitive pay.

  • Earn $1,000-$1,400+/week
  • Home daily
  • Quarterly productivity bonus up to $0.02 cpm
  • Quarterly safety component bonus up to $0.045 cpm
  • 9 paid holidays
  • Flexible scheduling
  • 2 weeks paid vacation each year
  • No loading/unloading
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Health insurance package

Red Classic OTR Drivers

OTR drivers have the opportunity to travel the country while earning a living. Drivers are expected to deliver freight for both Coca-Cola Consolidated and external customers. They must comply with all Department of Transportation laws, and adhere to company policies and procedures. Of course, safety will need to be a top priority for all OTR drivers.

In order to work as an OTR driver for Red Classic, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a Class-A CDL
  • Be at least 23 years of age
  • Have at least 18 months of verifiable tractor/trailer combination experience
  • Be available work evenings
  • Be able to pass and maintain the DOT’s physical requirements
  • Have an excellent driving record (7-year driving record will be reviewed)
  • Have an excellent safety record

OTR drivers, like their local counterparts, enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Earnings of $1,200-$1,400+/week
  • Quarterly productivity bonus up to $0.02 cpm
  • Quarterly safety component bonus up to $0.045 cpm
  • Midwest and Southeast running areas (no Northeast routes)
  • 80% drop & hook freight
  • Breakdown pay
  • $5,000 sign-on bonus
  • 9 paid holidays
  • 2 weeks paid vacation each year
  • Passenger policy
  • Detention pay of $21/hour
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Health insurance package

Red Classic is relatively transparent about their pay rates, but how much do drivers really earn?

According to Indeed.com, which includes salary data from 159 employees over the last 36 months, company drivers earn about $1,295 per week.

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Red Classic Owner Operator Pay

Red Classic also works with owner operators who make safety their top priority.

Like with company drivers, owner operators must meet certain requirements:

  • At least 23 years of age
  • Currently own or lease a CMV
  • At least 2 years of experience with TT, operating a class 8 semi
  • Personal load locks and easy straps
  • Must operate under Red Classic’s Operating Authority and DOT number

Aspiring owner operators can choose to lease-purchase through Red Classic. Here’s what the job offers:

  • 2,500 miles per week guaranteed
  • 80% drop & hook
  • 100% no-touch freight
  • $500 down and low bi-weekly payments
  • Southeast and Midwest running areas only
  • Consistent freight

Owner operators can take advantage of many benefits, including:

  • Earn $200,000+/year
  • 100% no-touch freight
  • $3,500 referral bonus
  • Guaranteed weekly miles
  • Tolls and scales reimbursed
  • 80% drop & hook
  • Fuel card with access to 14 southeastern bulk fuel terminals

Red Classic says owner operators earn at least $200,000 per year, but how much do they really earn?

According to data from Indeed.com, which includes data from 223 employees over the last 36 months, owner operators earn an average of $85/hour, or $200,000 per year.