WEL Companies Raises Sign-on Retention Bonus to attract Drivers

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WEL Companies, a local, family owned, transportation and warehousing company, just announced that they’ve raised their sign-on retention bonus from $3,000 to $5,000. This is in addition to their 67 CPM/$78,000 ave. annual earnings, benefits package, steady freight and more.

At the beginning of 2021, WEL took a large step with increased pay in addition to implementing a Guaranteed Pay Model. WEL has once again upped the pay by 4 cents per mile, for a total of 7 cents per mile increase since the start of 2021. This increase means company OTR drivers will now earn 67 CPM on average, which translates to over $4,000 in earning per year or an average annual earning of $78,000.

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Additional benefits were recently added:

• All company drivers will receive a $0.04/mile increase to their existing pay on all dispatched miles.

• Current dedicated drivers receive an increase of $10 to their existing daily minimum rate to equate to a $50 increase for a 5-day week. (Note: The qualifiers remain the same as the current qualifiers.)

WEL has also increased both Holiday Pay and Vacation Pay and continues to add upwards of 75 new trucks to the fleet in 2021.

WEL Companies also offers a Certified Mentor Program for inexperienced drivers.

“Truck driving schools are many and varied in the methods and curricula they teach,” said Dave Gundt, Training and Driver Development with WEL Companies. “Next year there will be some federal training requirements that are to standardize truck driver training at all schools nationwide, but currently those standards are on hold. Our program is designed to ensure any knowledge or skill gaps are addressed. It is our responsibility to educate all new drivers to the industry in proper, legal and above all safe operation.”

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The mentor program is an 8-week paid program that consists of about 336 training hours. During the program, WEL offers an “earn while you train benefit” of $500 — $700 per week while in training in addition to hotel and transportation while training on-site. Drivers are also eligible for up to $6,000 in tuition reimbursement.

“We are eager to build out the trainee program and are beyond excited to be offering the increased sign-on retention bonus to $5000, this pay increase to our professional drivers and great benefits. This is more than well-deserved with all your efforts in keeping the country fed and moving forward.” – Bruce Tielens-Owner

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1625 S. Broadway

P.O. Box 5610

De Pere, WI 54115-5610

(800) 333-4415

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