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Dayton Freight Overview

Dayton, OH
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Transportation & Logistics
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Founded in 1981, Dayton Freight is a private, union-free LTL (less-than-truckload) freight carrier headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. With 49 Service Centers in the Midwest region, Dayton Freight offers shippers 1 or 2 day service to thousands of points throughout a 13 state area ... Read more

Dayton Freight – Why Work For Us?



You belong at Dayton Freight! Be a part of The Dayton Difference.

Dayton Freight is a recognized leader in regional LTL transportation services and we are truly different from other carriers. It’s apparent in how we treat our customers, and each other. Our culture is one of teamwork, respect and professional honesty. Dayton Freight appreciates its employees: you are not just a number, you are family. We attribute our growth to the dedication of our employees, and the loyalty of our customers and business partners.

Dock To Driver Program

While growing our driver work force is a priority for Dayton Freight, recruiting and hiring quality driver candidates is one of the biggest challenges we face. We also recognize that our best employees want an opportunity for job advancement within our Company.

What better way to grow our driver work force than to develop our own dedicated employees!

We’ve found that one of the best ways to do this is through our Dock to Driver Program. Currently, 62 Dockworkers have gone through this program and are either Class A or B drivers. Our existing driver group embrace this program and welcome our former Dockworkers at the highest level of teamwork and professionalism. This truly shows their commitment to The Dayton Difference.

Developing Future Leaders

Dayton Freight’s recruiting team participates in and sponsors various Career Fairs, Student Organizations and Athletic Programs in our 13-state region. Our goal is to create awareness of our Company and educate students about a potential future with Dayton Freight. There are multiple employment opportunities available for students during the summer, the school year or post-graduation.

Our Management Trainee Program is offered to recently graduated individuals twice a year. This full-time position offers hands-on exposure to virtually all positions at our Service Centers and Corporate Office. Upon completion of the program, Management Trainees are fully prepared to assume a leadership role within the Company.

The Management Internship Program is for currently enrolled college students who want to learn more about the transportation industry. During the summer, students participate in a 9-week internship where they have the opportunity to contribute to the success of a Service Center through learning and understanding each position’s operations and functions. Individuals who successfully complete this program, and have a sincere interest in Dayton Freight, will be considered for the Management Training Program upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree.



"The mission of Dayton Freight Lines, Inc. is to be the recognized leader in providing high quality regional LTL transportation services. We will accomplish our mission through trained and empowered employees who are dedicated to continuous improvements that focus on our customers and internal processes. Our ultimate measure of success will come from customer loyalty and partnerships. The services provided by Dayton Freight Lines, Inc. are the end result of our efforts and designed to meet or exceed our customers’ needs and expectations." 


Delivering Value Today. Driving The Standard For Tomorrow.® 


Provide equal opportunity for each employee to achieve their full potential
Treat all employees with dignity and respect
Acknowledge all contributions
Practice open and interactive communication
Maintain trust and respect in all relationships
Work as a team throughout the company 

Focus on exceeding the needs of external and internal customers
Conduct business practices honestly, ethically and morally
Preserve and care for company assets
Demonstrate operational excellence
Achieve sufficient earnings to support long-term growth and job security 

Improve all business procedures and methods
Commit resources to ongoing training, education and development
Recognize all quality achievements
Use Statistical Process Control (SPS) tools to measure effectiveness and efficiency 

Seek partners who provide products and services that support our vision and mission
Establish mutually profitable business relationships


The guiding principle behind Dayton Freight’s success is summed up in our Corporate vision statement: Delivering Value Today. Driving The Standard For Tomorrow.®  This statement translates into doing the very best we can – each and every day – to bring real value to customers in the way of on-time pickups and deliveries, careful handling of freight, ongoing fleet maintenance and accurate documentation of all operations.

It also means planning for the future in terms of extensive employee training, growing our asset-based Service Center network and investing in those technologies that will help us stay on the cutting edge of the transportation/service equation. Dayton Freight leads the industry in creating new standards for the use of technology in all external and internal processes.

With an emphasis on Company-owned facilities and a culture that is professional, positive and people-centered, we attribute our growth to the dedication of our employees and the loyalty of our customers and business partners.

Dayton Freight Reviews

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Dayton Freight President and CEO Thomas L. Cronin Jr.
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    "City driver"

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    Current Employee - P&D Driver in Tomah, WI
    Current Employee - P&D Driver in Tomah, WI
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    I have been working at Dayton Freight full-time (More than 8 years)


    The culture. From the top down you are treated with respect and are reminded how important you are to the company. They really show you in many ways how much they appreciate the employees. Equipment, facilities, and management are top notch. Here, you get out of it what you put into it.


    None worth mentioning. There are so many great things about this company that the few negatives are just knit picking.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be tougher on employees that are constant liabilities. I guess that just shows you how much they care and believe in their employees.

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Dayton Freight Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MI
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Dayton Freight (Jackson, MI) in October 2016.


    Professional interview. Proper business casual dress. Interviewer was professional and will to get the person that was being interviewed. Dayton Freight location of interview was clean and spotless. Over all the interview was very relaxing.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever worked on a dock or had any lift truck experience?   1 Answer
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