Installment #2 of the PTI Employee Spotlight Series PTI team member John McLaughlin and his family. The featured team member of the second installment of the Paper Transport, Inc. Employee Spotlight Series is John McLaughlin. Thank you John for sharing information about yourself and also for everything that you do for our company! Name? John McLaughlin Position at PTI? National Account Executive Primary location you work out of? Olney, IL How long have you been with PTI? I've been with PTI for 3 years and 3 months. What did you do before working at PTI? I worked for a transportation broker. [...]
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Introducing the PTI Employee Spotlight Blog Series PTI Safety Coordinator Kelly Hansen with her family. Welcome to our new blog series: The Paper Transport, Inc. Employee Spotlight! In this series, we’ll be focusing on an employee who supports our truck driving fleet that has now grown to over 900 Class A CDL Truck Drivers! In this week’s post, Kelly Hansen is featured. Thank you Kelly for sharing information about you and for everything you do at PTI to keep our drivers safe. Name? Kelly Hansen Position at PTI? Safety Coordinator Primary location you work out of? De Pere, WI How long [...]
Some Ideas on How to Make Your Truck Comfy & Cozy Shown here is the interior of a new PTI Freightliner Cascadia. It’s a blank slate for creativity! The possibilities are endless when it comes to making this space a home away from home! Over-the-road Class A CDL truck drivers spend a lot of time in their trucks - going days, even weeks, without getting home. That’s why some drivers go to great lengths to turn their rigs into a cozy home away from home. If you’re an OTR driver, an out-and-back driver, or even a home daily driver looking for [...]
Traveling with a Pet is a Plus for Class A CDL Drivers PTI dedicated company driver Bonnie Evans and her pooch Ruby. Life can get pretty lonely on the open road for Class A CDL Truck Drivers. They’re by themselves, away from home, not close to family, and are typically visiting places that can be completely unfamiliar to them. To combat the loneliness, more and more truckers are inviting pets to go along with them for the ride. “I love having my dog with me in the truck! She is always glad to see me, she is great company, and good [...]
Some Advice from PTI to Help Drivers in Their New Career A group photo taken after orientation of Class A CDL Truck Drivers new to the PTI team! Starting a new career can be tough, especially if you’re entering into an industry that’s completely new to you. Case in point: starting a new career as a professional Class A CDL Truck Driver. Courtesy of the drivers from the Paper Transport, Inc. fleet, here are 9 tips for new drivers: 1. Ask Questions – When you’re starting out, it’s important to ask questions if you don’t understand something or are unsure about [...]
Some Hints About How to Find a Good Trucking Company As a professional Class A CDL truck driver, you have no shortage of options. With more than 500,000 trucking companies in the U.S., it can be overwhelming to figure which company is right for you. There are small, family owned businesses to large, publicly traded companies and all different sized operations in between. To help you navigate through it all, here are some hints on how to spot a good trucking company. A brand new line of Kenworth trucks parked at PTI headquarters in De Pere, WI. Hint 1: Quality EquipmentOne [...]
Paper Transport, Inc. Owner Operators Jay Brockway, Jeremiah Carson, Bud Weber, and Jesse Singh. Life is Different as an Owner Operator In this Paper Transport, Inc. blog series about things to consider when becoming a Class A CDL owner operator, we covered a variety of topics from financing to research and taking stock of your skill set. They’re all important factors in deciding whether or not you want to be an owner op. However, the biggest question that you’ll need to ask yourself overall is: Are you ready for a life change? Each current and former owner operator we talked to [...]
Photo provided by current PTI Owner Operator Dave Luepke. It's Important to Know What's to Come as an Owner Operator In the first two parts of Things to Consider Before Becoming an Owner Operator, we focused on the subjects of finances and the skill sets of a would-be owner operators. Today, we’re focusing on understanding what you’re getting in to. There’s the idea in your head about something and then there’s the real facts. Right now, here are a few tips to help you determine if being an owner operator is right for you: Reach out to current owner operators - [...]
Having a Well-Rounded Skill Set is Key for Owner Operators In the first part of the Things to Consider Before Becoming an Owner Operator series, we focused on the financial aspect of starting your own business. Today, we’re going to focus on the skills that you should have in order to be successful. Ask yourself these questions: 1. Are you a chameleon? How well do you deal with being alone and in charge? Can you promote yourself and your business when you need to? Are you able to shift from one to the other in the blink of an eye? Owner [...]
Owner Operators Need to Stay on Top of Their Finances In the trucking industry, there are two main ways to earn an income as a Class A CDL Truck Driver. The first is by working for someone else as a company truck driver. This is a solid way to earn a paycheck, but there are some drivers who more control over everything they do, what they drive, and how they operate. This brings us to the second way to earn money as a Class A CDL Driver: Becoming an owner operator. The major benefit of becoming one is that you're in [...]