Tennessee Steel Haulers is a Nashville, Tennessee-based flatbed logistics company founded in 1976. Since opening its doors, TSH has grown to become a leader in the long and short haul industry. Today, the company delivers freight all of the world.
TSH employs about 500 professional drivers. Teamwork, sustainability and honesty are the pillars of the company’s mission.
What is a Flatbed Logistics Company?
TSH is a flatbed logistics company. What exactly does that mean?
Looking at the company’s list of services, you can see that they offer:
- Custom logistical solutions
- International service
- Government freight
- Storage and warehousing
Essentially, TSH handles all aspects of freight delivery and shipping, so they serve as a one-stop-shop for customers.
Capacity refers to the actual hauling of freight. TSH works with more than 600 owner operators who lease through the company, and they have more than 10,000 partner carriers.
All owner operators go through a stringent screening process during pre-approval. Drivers are also checked periodically to make sure they are in compliance with DOT and CSA regulations.
All of these driver requirements are in place to ensure that the company hires only the brightest and best talent out there.
TSH can handle:
- Multi-stop shipments
- International service to Canada and Mexico
- Customer storage and warehouse needs
- Dedicated service
The carrier offers a three-prong freight network, which includes:
- 4 company terminals: Houston, TX; Laredo, TX; Cofield, NC; and Clarksville, TN
- Corporate freight operation in Nashville, TN
- Agent Program
TSH has more than 50 agents located throughout the United States, including:
- Blytheville, AR
- Madisonville, KY
- Birmingham, AL
- Dallas, TX
- Charleston, SC
- Youngstown, OH
- Denver, CO
- Wayne, IN
- Detroit, MI
- Louis, MO
TSH Owner Operator Requirements
Tennessee Steel Haulers didn’t develop a reputation as one of the best steel hauling companies by hiring mediocre drivers. The carrier works with only the best, experienced owner operators.
There are a number of requirements that TSH drivers must meet in order to be hired:
- Must be at least 24 years of age
- 1 year OTR experience in the last 5 years
- No drug, DUI or felony charges in the last 5 years
- 2 moving violations in 3 years
- 1 at-fault accident in 3 years
- No excessive speeding violations in the last 12 months
- CSA 2010 score must be acceptable
- Must complete orientation (3-4 days)
- Must pass road test
- Must pass load securement trailer
- Tractor and trailer must go through and pass a DOT inspection before leasing
- Tractors that are 2000 or newer must be inspected at one of the company’s operations in Cofield, NC; Nashville, TN; or Laredo, TX
- Operator-owned trailers must be no more than 10 years old, be 48′ tandem axle and have no holes on the floors
Re-inspections will occur every three months. TSH also has very specific requirements for tarps, binders and chain requirements that must be met before being considered for hiring.
If you can’t meet the equipment requirements, don’t worry. TSH can provide all of the necessary equipment, but it will come at a cost of $75 per week (taken out of your paycheck) until paid in full.
If you’re a new driver, you will need to work for someone else until you have the necessary experience to drive for TSH.
The TSH lease purchase program can also help ensure that you meet these requirements.
All owner operators are required to have the following:
- Passenger Insurance (if riding with a passenger)
- Workers’ Compensation or Occupational Accident, as per state law
What Types of Benefits Does TSH Offer?
Compensation is only part of the equation when choosing an employer. Benefits and perks, which can add significant value, must also be considered.
TSH offers competitive pay and incentives. But do keep in mind that because you will operate as an owner operator (i.e. independent contractor), medical benefits are typically not offered.
Here are some of the benefits TSH offers to drivers:
With THS, all accessorial fees are passed to the owner operator, including: tarping, fuel surcharge and stop off. Drivers receive 100% detention pay after the customer pays the carrier.
Drivers also have more flexibility when it comes to getting paid. Prefer direct deposit? No problem. You can also choose to be paid by company check or EFS. Checks can be picked up or mailed – it’s up to you.
Having the ability to choose how you get paid is a perk that many drivers appreciate.
Truck Stop and In-Cab Scanning
What’s the most time-consuming part of the job? Paperwork. TSH offers in-cab/truck stop scanning to make it easier to submit paperwork to their billing departments.
Just scan bills of fuel tickets, lading and logs to TSH for processing. Scanning is free, and can be done either in-cab or at the following truck stops:
- Pilot Travel Centers
- Flying J
- Travel Centers of America
The TSH Tag is valid for 48 states, and the carrier does not mark up its Tennessee tag. The cost is taken out through your weekly settlements, or it can be prorated, depending on when you leased with the company.
TSH also offers other perks and benefits, including:
- $1,000 referral bonus
- Flatbed training is available
- EFS fuel cards
- Dedicated driver support specialist
- $2,500 max. sign-on bonus
- Discounts on fuel
- $100 for each passed, random DOT inspection with no violations
- Extra $500 for 5 straight clean inspections
How Much Do Flatbed Loads Pay with TSH?
The million-dollar question: How much can you expect to get paid with TSH?
To find jobs, drivers can use the Tennessee Steel Haulers load board. The board includes all relevant information, including:
- Date needed
- Phone number
- Equipment requirements
- Contact information
All available loads can be sorted to narrow the results. Drivers have the option of searching by: origin city and state, and/or destination city and state.
TSH is well-rated by its employees and drivers who partner with them. The company offers competitive pay and a steady stream of work. Provided you have some experience and have a clean driving record, you should have little issue meeting the company’s requirements.
A number of perks and benefits are offered by the carrier, and their reputation in the industry means that you will always have work available.