Heartland Express Introduces the "Green Miles$" Program

By: Bubbajunk.com

Offering an Unprecedented $.05 Per Mile for Company Drivers and $.95+ Per Mile for Operators

CORALVILLE, IA. August 26th, 2004 Heartland Express, Inc. of Iowa, considered to be the highest paying truckload carrier in the industry according to a national survey, announces a new pay program called the GREEN MILE$ program with pay rates as high as $.50 per mile for company drivers and $.95 per mile for owner operators BEFORE any additional fuel stabilization pay per mile!

Company drivers and owner operators will make an additional 7 cents per mile for all the HHG miles driven in what is known as the Green Zone.  Heartlands drivers who currently make $.43 per mile (including their safety bonus) will earn an unprecedented $.50 per green mile within the Green Zone.  Owner Operators will also make an additional 7 cents per green mile in the Green Zone making their pay for each HHG mile a whopping $.95 per mile.  Heartland also adds additional pay for each mile with their fuel stabilization program ($.09 and cents per mile at the time this writing) making the total O/O pay rate an incredible $1.04 for all HHG miles within the Green Zone.

unbelievable!  remarkable!  incredible! were just a few of the comments heard when Heartland announced the GREEN MILE$ program to their driver and operator fleet.  The general consensus was overall amazement at the possibility to earn $.50 per mile as a company driver and over $1.04 per mile as a contractor.  One driver stated I came to Heartland because they offered more per mile than anyone, with this deal Im never going to leave!  Another long term owner operator commented Ive been an operator at other places and some good ones, but none of them can match this programs pay, not to mention all the other things Heartland pays for.  I wish I would have leased on a lot earlier than I did.       

Russell Gerdin, founder, president, and CEO had this to say, We raised the bar for driver pay quite a while ago, today we set the bar even higher, and Im committed to setting the bar long into the future.  I believe its good for the drivers, for Heartland, and for the entire industry.

We made a huge financial commitment with our 3 cent pay raise back in January and now we are making another one with the GREEN MILE$ program.  Heartland Express is committed to the well being of our drivers and their families and offering the highest pay and exciting programs like GREEN MILE$ is our way of showing it. stated John Cosaert, Executive Vice-President and CFO.

Heartland will launch the program starting October 2nd, 2004.  At that time the GREEN MILE$ program will become a permanent fixture among the industry that is unlikely to be overshadowed for a long time to come.