The trucking operation Atlas World Group plans to sign on 200 new owner-operators for its Direct Fleet by the end of the year.
“This hiring is in response to a substantial shipment volume increase in household moving contracts, freight transportation, and logistics services throughout 2014,” the company said in a release. “The majority of the new fleet growth will be in the Shuttle Fleet, a nationwide drop and hook trailer delivery service network.”
In early 2012, Atlas says it took measures to grow its owner-operator based Direct Fleet by 100%, which included the establishment of the Shuttle Fleet and significant growth of the Commercial Truckload Division, a 100% no-touch truckload/less-than-truckload division.
The company is seeking owner operators with at least one year over-the-road experience for the Shuttle Fleet and Commercial Truckload Division; owner operators with at least two years of experience in household moving for the Relocation Services Group; and one year of experience transporting electronics or other specialized goods for the Special Products Division.
Drivers signing on through May will receive a $5,000 sign-on bonus for the Shuttle Fleet or the Relocation Services Group. All Direct Fleet divisions are leased-on with and dispatched from Atlas’ headquarters based out of Evansville, Ind., though these drivers can live anywhere in the lower 48 states, according to the company.
Included in the perks the company is offering are: a discounted fuel program; fuel surcharge paid on all dispatched miles (loaded, empty and bobtail); free Blue Beacon truck washes each month; and free PrePass weekly direct deposit settlements. Additional optional benefits are offered such as health, dental and life insurance coverage; a maintenance program; discounted national tire account; and a no-cost, year-round rider program.
Atlas says its Shuttle Fleet has no forced dispatch and drivers in this division can also stay at home as long as they want between dispatched runs.
More information is available at DriveAtlas.