Swift refuses bid for takeover

There are 20 comments on the The Repository story from Nov 28, 2006, titled Swift refuses bid for takeover. In it, The Repository reports that:

PHOENIX Swift Transportation Co. said Monday it has rejected a $2.2 billion takeover offer from its founder and largest shareholder and plans to explore other alternatives to the bid.

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“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#21 Feb 26, 2008
Read at what is being written... most of these guys coming out of the puppy mill trucking schools do not know the basics they should be tought before giving them thier license. backing up is a skill they should know before they leave a driving school alot of the drivers can't ...knowing the basic bridge formula to see if your leagal weight or not, is a basic skill and they don't teach it. knowinghow to read a map and understanding scale miles is a basic skill they don't teach but should. all I have said is they need to expand trucking schools to 12 weeks or longer so they can do more teaching of the skills drivers really need to know.
trucker tired wrote:
All you who have commented on new drivers not knowing how to drive a truck coming out of a Truck Driver School have it all wrong. Driving schools only train to test and pass the CDL test. How in the hell can a driver learn all about trucking in three to six weeks. Most companies who hire these people know that they are very basic drivers and need more training before letting them loose on the road. I know in over twenty years, I don't know it alll and learn something new every day; and often from one of these NEW drivers. Companies like Swift and Schneider for two do more training than most. And no, I don't work for either one.
gal pal

AOL

#22 Feb 27, 2008
Long Haul Driver wrote:
But, it is not a trainers job to teach someone the basics that he should have known coming out of a trucking school. <quoted text>
Your wrong thats why we are turning out so many un trained drivers .. Old timers THINK they should know. These schools teach barley anything. Most of them even test out their own drivers. Meanign they dont have to know anything as logs as thy say they pass and hand them a CDL they get the $$. The majority cannot safley operate the truck they know nothing about logging. scaling loads, sliding tandoms, pre trips. etc etc. THE TRAINER MUST BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING AND COVER IT ALL. THERE IS NO WAY TO KNOW WHAT WAS COVERED AND WHAT WASNT AS ALL SCHOOLS ARE DIFFERENT.Most of them should just hang up a sign says CDL for sale because thats what it is.

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#23 Feb 28, 2008
Actually thats where you are misinformed.. a trainers job is to be sure you know the way the company does buisness and not to teach you basic skills you shold have already learned going through a trucking school. that is the reason they need to extend the trucking schools to a 12 to 16 week program, so they can do what they are suspose to do and that is teach. there is no exscuse a driver coming out of a "trucking school" does not have the skill to back a truck up into a dock and take 20 miniutes to do it. also basic skills such as map reading, knowing the bridge formula to keep legal, and in all honesty basic hygene. instead all the schools have become is puppy mills for truckers, quicker they can kick you out the door, the quicker they can make more money.
gal pal wrote:
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Your wrong thats why we are turning out so many un trained drivers .. Old timers THINK they should know. These schools teach barley anything. Most of them even test out their own drivers. Meanign they dont have to know anything as logs as thy say they pass and hand them a CDL they get the $$. The majority cannot safley operate the truck they know nothing about logging. scaling loads, sliding tandoms, pre trips. etc etc. THE TRAINER MUST BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING AND COVER IT ALL. THERE IS NO WAY TO KNOW WHAT WAS COVERED AND WHAT WASNT AS ALL SCHOOLS ARE DIFFERENT.Most of them should just hang up a sign says CDL for sale because thats what it is.
Mad Trucker

Toronto, Canada

#24 Feb 28, 2008
Why should the drivers schools(PUPPY MILLS)be allowed to teach just the basics?Don't it make sense if your are being charged top dollar to learn to drive a truck would you not expect more than the basics?But then again you figure in all the state,federal and provincal funding that is supplied to these DRIVING SCHOOLS/PUPPY MILLS you can see why we have a flawed end product in most cases!

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#25 Feb 28, 2008
That is the point that is trying to be made... they can't teach them in three to six weeks.. that is why they need to extend the classes from three to six weeks , to twelve to sixteen weeks weeks. one: reason is they have more time to learn the basics. two: it gives them alot more road time under a teacher that can show them what is right and wrong. third: it will give the companies that they go to more confidence to put a driver with a trainer and know that it will not take 3 months of baby sitting before you can turn him loose on his own. fourth: reason is it may help cut down the accident rate on new drivers because they have more knowledge and behind the wheel time before going to a company.
trucker tired wrote:
All you who have commented on new drivers not knowing how to drive a truck coming out of a Truck Driver School have it all wrong. Driving schools only train to test and pass the CDL test. How in the hell can a driver learn all about trucking in three to six weeks. Most companies who hire these people know that they are very basic drivers and need more training before letting them loose on the road. I know in over twenty years, I don't know it alll and learn something new every day; and often from one of these NEW drivers. Companies like Swift and Schneider for two do more training than most. And no, I don't work for either one.
Tom

Overland Park, KS

#26 Apr 4, 2008
Why are trainees setting at home?
GayBe Hunt Swift

Jerseyville, IL

#27 Apr 4, 2008
J.B and Swift have merged to Gay Be Hunt Swift!

“Life is a Joyful Journey”

Since: Dec 06

Kingman, Kansas

#28 Apr 5, 2008
Tom wrote:
Why are trainees setting at home?
A good question.

The ones that I have seen sent home were because there was a problem with their paper work or because there was a problem with their medical. One person that was in orintation with me when I started with the company that I am with had trouble with his drivng record and though he had tried to get it cleared up before he cane to orintation he still had problems. It was cleared up a couple weeks later and he was on the road. Another was so nevous that when he took the medical exam his blood presure was high. He was sent home for a couple weeks to calm down and later came back. The last one that I can think of was someone who though he had filled out his work history had a couple of gaps in time between jobs that needed to be accounted for. These are all simple things but can be reasons why a driver is sent home.
Tom D

Saegertown, PA

#29 Apr 20, 2008
Tom wrote:
Why are trainees setting at home?
Many trainees from Swift are being sent home anywhere from 1-6 weeks due to an alleged "truck shortage'. I really don't understand that because there are plenty of new trucks sitting at some of the larger terminals. I know because I just finished training a student and he will not be getting a truck right away.
Whatever is cool with me

United States

#30 Apr 20, 2008
Tom D wrote:
<quoted text>
Many trainees from Swift are being sent home anywhere from 1-6 weeks due to an alleged "truck shortage'. I really don't understand that because there are plenty of new trucks sitting at some of the larger terminals. I know because I just finished training a student and he will not be getting a truck right away.
There is a truck shortage, the new ones are to replace trade trucks. Also some of the new ones are for owner ops to buy. Swift is not as big as it once was. Jerry has sold alot of trucks. I assume due to freight shortages--more trucks was not needed?

Since: Apr 08

Saegertown, PA

#31 Apr 21, 2008
Whatever is cool with me wrote:
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There is a truck shortage, the new ones are to replace trade trucks. Also some of the new ones are for owner ops to buy. Swift is not as big as it once was. Jerry has sold alot of trucks. I assume due to freight shortages--more trucks was not needed?
The Freightliners and Volvos are not for owner ops. There are plenty of those on the ground. I understand that freight has been slow, but it is picking up. I have been running 3000-5000 miles the past 3 weeks with my student. He was given the option of going home or staying with me for 2 more weeks and getting paid. The deal was, if he stayed, he would go to the top of the list for a truck. He is #6 and will still wait at least a week. Plus, Swift just bought 1800 new trailers. I just don't know if we are getting the whole story.

“Life is a Joyful Journey”

Since: Dec 06

Kingman, Kansas

#32 Apr 21, 2008
Tom D wrote:
<quoted text>
The Freightliners and Volvos are not for owner ops. There are plenty of those on the ground. I understand that freight has been slow, but it is picking up. I have been running 3000-5000 miles the past 3 weeks with my student. He was given the option of going home or staying with me for 2 more weeks and getting paid. The deal was, if he stayed, he would go to the top of the list for a truck. He is #6 and will still wait at least a week. Plus, Swift just bought 1800 new trailers. I just don't know if we are getting the whole story.
I have been around for six years now. I have been wondering about some of the things that have been going on during the last three. However I have come to the conclusion that with the changes in top mangement to Cuningham and then back to Jerry have caused many poblems that we are going to be solving over the next two to five years. Cunningham was in the procces of breaking the company up and selling off parts. Jerry put a stop to it. Cunningham was either loosing or cutting down on accounts. Jerry is agresively seeking acconts. Cunningham was into downsizing the company. Jerry for Fourty years has been into growing and expansion. For better or worse Jerry is bck.
R K WildCat

Phillipsburg, NJ

#33 Apr 28, 2008
Garrett Gustkey wrote:
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Does any one have the hand on knowledge of weight distribution on trailers. On the tractor slide there are some 12 positions and on the 53' trailer it looks to be about the saem I was never shown any kine of formula for knowing what to do in case of over weight before I ge the truck to a Weigh station gtgust@comcast.net
Here is the simplest formula i can think to type for you Garrett. Each shift of the fifth wheel changes 500 pounds, each shift of the rear tandems changes 250 pounds. Every shift moves the weight in the opposite direction of the direction you are moving the pin.
Here is an example, if your tandems(rear) weight is 34,400 pounds and your pins are in the 7th hole from the front position, shift the pin to the 9th hole(move the pin back 2 holes) and your tandems will weigh 33,900 pounds. Maximum weights are 12,000 on the front(steers) 34,000 on the middle 2 axels(drives) and 34,000 on the back(tandems). Whenever possible, try to balance your weight between the middle and rear axels, rather than shifting weight until you have 34,000 on one, because this will keep you out of weigh stations, if they see an even weight on both axels when youre rolling over the moving scale before the weight station.
Good luck mastering this, because it REALLY gets fun when you are overloaded and have to calculate 8 pounds per gallon of fuel, split between your steers and drives, and how many gallons to put in your tank to stay legal on weights!!! lol

Since: Jul 08

Lansing, MI

#34 Jul 23, 2008
Read my posts in the Truckers Forum "Memphis driving school raided by federal, state agencies" to find out the TRUTH about Swift and why their Schools, Terminals and Offices are being Raided.

I am the VICTIM they should have never have pissed off.

READ.
cdla driver

Lansing, MI

#35 Jul 29, 2008
Swift Transportation Inc. owns the following;

1. 60% of Werner Trucking (thats why you see them pulling trailers owned by Swift and another company they bought that was based in Memphis Tn.
Also Jerry Moyes put that 60% of Werner Trucking in his wifes name.

2. 100% of Laidlaw

3. 100% of Greyhound (and its new parent corperation that is now based in Great Brittian)

4. 100% of the largest trucking company in Mexico

They tought us this in class at the Swift Driving Academy in Millington and as that I am suing them I have gone to great lengths to verify this.

I will own all of that next.
Then I will break it all up into little peices and sell off the peices.

Notice to Swift Transportation Inc.
220 S 75th Ave.
Pheonix, Az. 85043
&
Driver Facts / Driver Services Inc.
5761 E. La Palma Ave. Anaheim, CA 92807

If any of you care about keeping what you have then you had better correct the LIES that you and Swift are telling about me on your site or I will without care take everything you have from you all. I am the person who turned in Swift to the USDOT and FMCSA in part for giving CDL's to people who did not deserve one according to Federal and State Law. One of the guys that I personally witnessed getting a CDL was an ex Marine thrown out of the Marines for being a fruit loop who was at the time on Anti- Psychotic Drugs at the Swift school in Millington TN. Another guy was from some African Country (not a US Citizen) and he could not hardly speak or read any English at all and he caused an accident by running another driver off the road on the on ramp to the highway on his practice run for his driving test putting that drivers rig in ditch and shoulder of the ramp. This according to TN. State Law is supposed to be an automatic one-year suspension of his CDL Permit to learn how to drive. Swift driving school employees made sure he passed and got his CDL because he paid CASH for his school and did not get a student loan. Also according to Federal and State Law all holders of a CDL must be able to speak and read English fluently. Both these to guys were assigned to my motel room and assigned to my four-man student-driving group. I wrote a complaint to the company (Swift) about this while I was in my third week of school (class 574 June of 2007) and that is when Swift and its employees chose to deliberately assign me to a truck after I graduated that they new was infested with Wood Ticks without telling me that said truck was infested. This truck and driver that I was assigned to drive with were told about to us all in class one day and come to think about it after I filed said complaint. But they did not say in class that day who the driver was or what the truck number was. The Swift Schools in Millington Tn. and Memphis TN. along with Swifts Terminal and East Coast headquarter Offices in Memphis were RAIDED by Homeland Security, Secret Service, FBI and other various State of TN. Law Enforcement agencies because of information I turned over to them about Swift Transportation Inc. and their ILLEGAL practices and operations. Correct the LIES told by Swift Transportation Inc. on your site immediately or suffer the consequences.

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#36 Jul 29, 2008
ok enough spamming the forum already.
cdla driver

Lansing, MI

#37 Jul 30, 2008
Exercising my United States Constitutional Right to "Freedom of Press" and "Freedom of Speach" is NOT spam.

What I am reponding to here is SPAM.
Long Haul Driver wrote:
ok enough spamming the forum already.

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#38 Jul 30, 2008
Posting the same thing in 6 to 8 different topics over and over again is spamming the forums.
doesnt matter

United States

#39 Jul 30, 2008
Who cares...you most likely got what you deserved....get over it
cdla driver wrote:
Exercising my United States Constitutional Right to "Freedom of Press" and "Freedom of Speach" is NOT spam.
What I am reponding to here is SPAM.
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XXX

Lansing, MI

#40 Jul 31, 2008
I know you your that guy from Gallent Trucking. I seen you down south before you all skidattled to Michigan.
our the one that everybody is tellen how you murdered your girfreind Debs husband so you could marry her.
What was it cyanide or strychnine that you and her used to cause his heart attack?

Watch your back trail.
Long Haul Driver wrote:
Posting the same thing in 6 to 8 different topics over and over again is spamming the forums.

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