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Black Horse Carriers Overview

Carol Stream, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Black Horse Carriers is engaged with many leading companies across North America and across multiple verticals including Food and Perishables, Bakery and Dairy, Retail and Consumer Goods, and Automotive and Industrial.

We deliver exceptional customer service ... Read more

Mission: Black Horse Carriers is engaged with many leading companies across North America and across multiple verticals including Food and Perishables, Bakery and Dairy, Retail and Consumer Goods, and Automotive and Industrial.

We deliver exceptional customer service ... Read more

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     Local Drivers - Class A CDL
    $10,000 Sign on Bonus *

    $200 Gift Cards for attending**

    Friday 9/21/18, 10am-6pm, Saturday 9/22/18, 4pm-9pm

    & Sunday 9/23/18, 10am-3pm


    Friday 9/28/18, 10am-6pm, Saturday 9/29/18, 10am-6pm

    & Sunday 9/30/18, 10am-3pm

    Butler Hampton Inn

    610 Butler Crossing, Butler, PA 16001

    Home Every Day - Dedicated Routes

    Full Time drivers 3, 4 and 5 day work schedules available

    5 day average weekly wage $1450

    BLACK HORSE CARRIERS, the 13th largest Dedicated Fleet Provider in the U.S., has Full-Time opportunities for LOCAL DRIVERS in SAXONBURG, PA.

  • Join our
    Highly Successful
    Group of

    Class A CDL Drivers
    $10,000 SIGN ON BONUS*

    $200 gift card for attending**

    Thursday 9/13/18, Friday 9/14/18, 9am-6pm

    & Saturday 9/15/18 – 9am-5pm

    Hampton Inn Hartford Airport

    2168 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor, CT, 06095


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Black Horse Carriers – Why Work For Us?

Black Horse Carriers is a privately held company rooted in rich history that goes back 100 years. We are focused on providing best in class Dedicated Fleet Services and Private Fleet Replacement Services for companies in the Food and GroceryRetailBakeryDairyConsumer ProductIndustrial and Automotive industries.

We are a streamlined organization with quick decision making abilities and strong leadership that allows us to act decisively in the best interest of our people and our customers. Our dedicated Senior Management team has extensive transportation related knowledge with broad experience across many industries including Contract Carriage, Logistics, and Private Fleet Replacement.

We design our transportation solutions around our customer’s business needs, and we can then utilize the full array of flexible resources at our disposal. This allows us to adjust fleet sizes and manpower to the ever-changing needs of our customers, minimizing rigid fleet sizes and significant fixed costs for resources that are not always required.

Black Horse Carriers provides Dedicated Fleet Solutions or we can replace an under-performing dedicated fleet with a complete and modern transportation system. We enhance and promote the specialized functions that made the private truck fleet an absolute necessity in the first place.

If you are in need of a dedicated fleet to meet your transportation goals, Black Horse Carriers will not only meet all of your expectations, we’ll surpass them.

Black Horse Carriers has been recognized by CCJ (Commercial Car Journal) as a TOP 10 DEDICATED CONTRACT CARRIER.

Black Horse Carrier's roots go back to the 1880's to Des Plaines Illinois where a company called Des Plaines Transfer operated with horses and wagons, moving then-common household items such as pianos, moving trunks, billiard tables, as well as farm and nursery products.

In 1925, sometime after Des Plaines Transfer replaced its teams of horses with motorized trucks, Conrad W. Niedert bought the business assets of Des Plaines Transfer.  The purchase included two trucks; a Master, with motor #78833, and a Ford with motor #865492.

Shortly after the purchase Conrad's son Ferdinand also started operating a motorized trucking business, and after Ferdinand's untimely death in the 1930's the two businesses essentially merged into a single business.

Conrad's other son, Ralph, entered the business in the late 1930's but elected to join the Navy at the outset of WWII. After returning from the war Ralph re-entered the trucking business along with his father Conrad.

In the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's the business flourished in and around the Chicago area, and in the late 1960's and early 1970's Ralph's two sons, Ralph Jr., and Gerry, joined the business and worked at expanding the business into LTL Assembly & Distribution, Full-Service Truck Leasing and Contract Carriage, and to get a foothold in the fast growing dedicated transportation business, made possible by deregulation of the trucking industry, Gerry, in the early 1980's, formed Black Horse Carriers, Inc. (so named to honor the famous 11thArmored Cavalry Regiment and the 7th Cavalry Regiment, to which Gerry was assigned while serving in the United States Army in Vietnam).

By the mid 1980's the combined businesses had over 500 employees, six operating centers, and a fleet of over 1,200 trucks, tractors and trailers.

The deregulation of the trucking industry had changed the face of the business, and after working for a span of 5 decades Ralph Niedert, Sr. decided the economic risks were becoming too great and it was probably time to retire.

On September 30, 1986 the business was sold in its entirety to Leaseway Transportation Corp., a publicly-held company based in Cleveland OH, operating with over 25,000 employees, 40,000 vehicles, and with extensive transportation, warehousing and labor management operations throughout the country.

In the late 1980's Leaseway was the victim of an overly optimistic leveraged buyout and failed in an attempt to become a privately-owned business, and was eventually sold, much of which to the Penske Corporation, including the little that remained of the old Niedert business, including Black Horse Carriers.

Black Horse Carriers operated in a very limited way while owned by Leaseway and Penske, and eventually went into dormancy just before Ralph Niedert resurrected the business in late 1998 in Tully NY, after getting Penske's permission to again operate under the name of Black Horse Carriers. Gerry Niedert joined him in April of 1999 in Center Valley PA, merging the two operations, and eventually adding operations in the Midwest, solidly placing Black Horse Carriers back into the business of dedicated transportation.

Black Horse Carriers today remains true to its original strategy: providing high-value specialized transportation services by replacing the private fleets of shippers whose businesses demand efficient and reliable transportation services.

As with any great company, the foundation of our past, present, and future success, is a direct reflection of the hard work, dedication, creativity, and loyalty of Our People from all across the country. We look for quality individuals who take great pride in everything they do here at Black Horse.  At the end of the day we want our people to know they are a part of something very special, and a vital part of a company that genuinely cares about them and their families.

Our People take ownership of their responsibilities and are dedicated to being an integral part of the always growing team at Black Horse.  This sense of pride is evident in all phases of our business, and is a direct reflection on why we have seen such tremendous growth and success in recent years.  We value the opinions and input from our workforce, and we use this feedback to create a more dynamic, resilient workplace.

Black Horse Carriers has the enviable reputation for having very low driver turnover.  In the trucking industry this can only be achieved by having a culture where respect, trust, honesty and fairness are at the center of how we work.  These leadership qualities create pride in how our drivers do their jobs, and it is this pride that creates our culture.

Some of our Driver Award Programs/Recognition Programs include:

  • Years of Service
  • Terminal Driver of the Month
  • Terminal Driver of the Year
  • Presidential Award Winner
  • Driver Bonus Pay and Quarterly and Annual Bonus Opportunities

Black Horse Carriers is comprised of many moving parts, always working and moving forward in the best interests of our customers. Our People’s commitment, drive and determination to get the job done are what keep Black Horse Carriers moving forward, each and every day!

Gain Job Security from our Long Standing Relationships with Major Blue Chip Customers

  • We work with the Nation’s largest Automobile Manufacturers, Grocery Retailers, Bakeries and Food Manufacturers, and Retailers to provide secure job opportunities
  • Black Horse Carrier’s roots go back to the 1880’s to Des Plaines, IL and is named to honor the famous 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 7th Cavalry Regiment to which Gerry Niedert was assigned while serving the United States Army in Vietnam
  • 40 Terminals located from Coast to Coast, and Border to Border
  • Over 1400 Company Drivers, with opportunities to transfer to different locations

Enjoy Work/Life Balance with Professional Driving Positions that bring you home daily

  • Daily Home Time supports excellent life quality
  • Our Dedicated routes provide you Consistent, Predictable Schedules
  • Flexible Scheduling with 4 to 5 day work weeks available at most locations
  • We do not operate sleeper teams

We offer Excellent Earnings in a Respectful Work Environment

  • As a Private Company, we can recognize your accomplishments, unlike public companies
  • You are paid detention pay for delays at backhauls and deliveries
  • We offer Quarterly and Annual Safety/Performance Bonuses
  • Driver of the Month, Driver of the Year, and President Club Awards Programs
  • Safety milestone celebrations

Our Modern Equipment is Spec’d for Safety and Comfort

  • Power units are 2012 or newer
  • Automated Transmissions
  • Automatic traction control
  • XM Radio (subscription paid by BHC)
  • In-cab, Automated 5th wheel release
  • LED Headlights
  • Heated Mirrors and Heated/Cooled Seats
  • Efficient, high torque output engines

Protect your Personal CSA Score with Black Horse Carriers

  • E-Logs help you eliminate Form and Manner violations
  • Qualcomm and People Net help you manage your hours within DOT Regulations
  • Professional Maintenance (Ryder, Penske, Paccar) avoids inspection violations
  • We help you monitor your CDL status daily for silent suspensions you are not aware of

Join a Proud, Safety Focused, and Professional Organization

  • Only Experienced Drivers with at least 2 years’ experience
  • Clean MVR’s, Clear CSA Records
  • Telematics reduce your administrative work so you can focus on driving

We have High Standards, and will NOT compromise your values or safety, we run legal, ALWAYS

  • You will NEVER be asked to do anything illegal
  • We will not tolerate a customer that does not have these same Values
  • You can be PROUD to work for a Company with our CSA Scores

Safety is our Number 1 Priority – Safe Drivers are our most valuable Asset

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    "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Center Valley, PA
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    I have been working at Black Horse Carriers full-time (Less than a year)


    I left a trucking company after twelve years due to me wanting to move on. After that I drove for two other companies in a span of several months and unfortunately they didn’t work out. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get hired as a driver due to most carriers want a short and steady employment history. I applied in person to this company’s terminal in Center Valley, PA and was impressed. Black Horse is a contract carrier with contracts hauling different products for suppliers at terminals across the country. My interview with the district manager was straightforward and direct. I deliver groceries to Aldi stores overnight. This is by far the easiest and most relaxed trucking job I’ve ever had. Very simple.They have a onsite maintenance shop and fuel farm at my terminal as well. The weekly pay is good too. I plan on staying here for a long time.


    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and thank you for the job.

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    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Black Horse Carriers (Chicago, IL) in July 2014.


    Very brief and direct and Position ask if I had reliable transportation and also was my salary desires and when can I start........ ......... .......... ........ ......... ..... ..... ....... ...... ..... ..... .... ..... .... ..... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... ....

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