Decker Truck Line, Fort Dodge, Iowa, has implemented a new pay plan for reefer/van company drivers out of increased business.
Decker will add 20 new Peterbilts to its fleet.
Decker will add 20 new Peterbilts to its fleet.

For drivers with one to three years of experience, starting pay is now 37 cents per mile. For those with four to nine years, it's 38 cents per mile. Ten-plus years of experience garners drivers 39 cents per mile. Drivers will get a half-cent increase annually to the current cap of 41 cents per mile.

"This pay plan has been designed not only to help our current driving staff, but to help attract additional premier quality drivers to help meet our customer demands and to more adequately address our drivers' needs," said Don Decker, president. "We are seeing increased business from our existing customers while at the same time we have been able to add some new accounts. We must continue providing the quality of service necessary to retain our customer base and increase both the quality and quantity of freight necessary to survive in this economic environment. In order to do so, we need more high quality drivers to meet the demands of our customers while providing on-time deliveries safely, legally and efficiently."

In addition to the pay increase, Decker Truck Line will begin taking delivery of 20 new 386 and 387 model Peterbilts.

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(Edited at 11:15 eastern time 2/18/2010 to add details about the pay increase and company location.)