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When many carriers are cutting back, Marten Transport is moving ahead with additional regional runs, the latest being new Southwest Regional runs out of Phoenix, Ariz. "It's important to Marten to continue to explore new regional opportunities so professional drivers can enjoy better home time and a more predictable schedule," says Tim Norlin, Marten's Director of Recruiting. "This new Southwest Regional run will include California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and, of course, Arizona."
Over the past year, Marten Transport has credited careful planning and good business judgment for keeping the company in a growth mode despite an economic downturn. "We opened six new regional fleets in 2008 including new terminals in Laredo, Texas, and Richmond, Va." The Richmond facility is the base for Marten's new Mid-Atlantic Regional runs going as far south as Atlanta, Ga., west to Indiana, and up and down the Atlantic seaboard. "The Mid-Atlantic Regional fleet still has some outstanding opportunities open," says Norlin. "It's a great fleet to get into." The company is planning further expansion and encourages drivers to join now. "As always, Marten also has OTR opportunities for those who want the longer hauls with great earnings," Norlin says. "We have the variety of regional runs because we know not everyone wants to be an OTR driver. Because of that, Marten gives career options to those professional drivers who are looking for regional and dedicated runs as well."
In addition to great home time offered by regional runs, drivers can enjoy better comfort on the road in Marten's all APU-equipped trucks. Marten owner operators can purchase the units at the company's discounted rate." Other benefits for company drivers include an outstanding pay package, great bonus programs, a 401(k) plan, 95 percent no touch freight, EZ Pass for most tolls, and much more. Owner operators at Marten received a raise of 2" per mile across the board starting November 1, 2008, increasing its already excellent graduated scale.
In addition, they enjoy business support services through ATBS, the largest business services provider for owner operators. Their services include assistance with taxes, accounting, bookkeeping, education, and more. Plus, owner operators increase profitability by taking advantage of Marten"s purchasing power on shop fees, tires, APUs and more. Marten's enhanced benefits plan provides owner operators with an affordable option for major medical/catastrophic health coverage with no underwriting, no waiting period and competitve rates.