Crete raising driver pay 2 cents a mile

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Lincoln, Neb.-based Crete Carrier Corp., which has nearly 4,000 trucks and more than 35,000 followers, uses distinct phone numbers and website URLs when it posts job opportunities on Facebook.

Crete Carrier Corp. (No. 21 in the CCJ Top 250) announced March 12 that it would be raising pay 2 cents a mile for all national over-the-road drivers and owner-operators. The pay raise applies to drivers at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking and Hunt Transportation and will take effect April 1.

The starting pay for Crete, Shaffer and Hunt drivers will now be 43 cents to 47 cents a mile, 44 cents to 48 cents a mile and 42 cents to 46 cents a mile, respectively.

The carrier says it has been recognized by the National Transportation Institute as a Top Pay Certified Carrier and meets three of the NTI’s “critical categories:” top tier pay, benefits and carrier stability, the company says.

Crete says its benefit package includes health, dental, vision and life insurance. Its typical insurance package costs about $35 a week, the company says.

“Being a great trucking company starts with having great drivers,” said Crete President and CEO Tonn Ostergard. “And we are willing to pay for that quality and provide a gold standard benefit package that provides for the driver and their family.  This pay raise is not an expense, but an investment in our most valuable asset – our drivers.”