TransAm Trucking is a nationwide carrier headquartered in Olathe, Kansas. This company was initially founded in 1987 in Kansas City, Missouri with 70 tractors and 100 trailers. Currently, TransAm operates a fleet of over 1,400 tractors and 2,400 reefer trailers. TransAm has earned a reputation as a premier carrier in the temperature-controlled freight industry. TransAm operates two terminals. One terminal is in Olathe, KS. which is in the Kansas City Area. The other terminal is in Rockwell, Tx. which is in the Dallas area. TransAm Trucking orders quality equipment. The company purchases Kenworth Tractors which are highly rated. The following image depicts a recent purchase of 1,000 tractors ordered by TransAm Trucking.
TransAm Trucking hires both company driver and independent contractors. Reefer trailers are the type of trailers that drivers will haul. All drivers are eligible for quarterly bonuses and regular pay or rate increases. The company offers a leasing package which includes a completion incentive and a buy-out option below market value. Short-term lease options are also available. Drivers leasing equipment from TransAm Leasing have the opportunity to become independent contractors with TransAm’s Trucking. TransAm offers an exceptional owner/operator program.Truck driver requirements are as follows:
- Drivers must have a Class A CDL license
- Driver must be at least 21 years old
- Maximum of 3 moving violation restrictions during the past three years
- Maximum of 2 preventable accidents during the past 3 years.
- No experience required
TransAm Trucking offers the following benefits to company drivers.
- Paid vacation time
- Health and dental insurance for employees, spouses and children
- A no-cost life insurance policy.
- Eligibility in TransAm’s 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Cafeteria 125 Plan.
Most people are familiar with the 401(k) plans which allow eligible employees to make salary deferral contributions on a post-tax and/or pretax basis. 401(k) plans also allow employers to make matching or non-elective contributions to the plan on behalf of eligible employees. Employers may also add a profit-sharing feature to the plan.
Some people are less familiar with the cafeteria plan which is a type of employee benefit offered in the United States pursuant to Section 25 of the Internal Revenue Code. Reasons for a Section 125 plan is primarily the tax saving advantages for both the employee and the employer. Employees save money because pre-tax contributions are not subject to federal, state or social security taxes. Employers save money because they save on the employer portion of FICA, FUTA and workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Employees that have cafeteria plans my obtain many benefits including health insurance and group term life insurance. They can also obtain voluntary “supplemental” insurance which includes dental, vision, cancer, hospital confinement, accident coverage, etc. They may also have flexible spending accounts through the plan.
TransAm’s Independent Contractors are considered business owners. There are many benefits to becoming independent contractors such as increased pay, more choices of loads, routes, etc. However, there are also expenses such as truck payments and repairs. Drivers will need to carefully access their goals and financial situation to determine if becoming an independent contractor is a wise decision for them. Drivers that decide to become independent contractors for TransAm are provided with the following benefits:
- Free paperwork scanning service (at TransAm’s terminals, at TransFlo and TripPak scanning locations all from your personal laptop computer.
- Access to a fuel discount network
- Fuel surcharge program
- Paid reefer fuel paid on loaded and empty miles
- Paid tolls
- No Hazmat
- No-touch freight
TransAm offers classroom training as well as personalized instruction to all drivers. This can include :
- Training in over the road procedures
- Help with backing maneuvers and other difficult moves
- Paperwork requirements
- Safety Tips
TransAm Trucking has a large number of used trucks and trailers for sale through its subsidiary TransAm Fleet Equipment Sales. The company began sales of its used vehicles in 2005. They offer a selection of Kenworth late-model tractors. The company also has 53’ reefer trailers for sale.