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Old 11-08-2009, 01:17 PM
Location: Amboy, Illinois
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Im getting my class A CDL in Illinois this Dec. 3 and plan on moving to TN soon after obtaining it. I was wondering where the majority of farming jobs are in TN for moving grain, livestock, or whatever it is their farming. Or where their is some local construction companies that will hire inexperienced drivers right outta the gate for moving construction material. I know this is kind of a vague question, but im not from around their and my knowledge of TN is my yearly visits for vacation to the Lexington, TN area. I've opened my horizons to where I'd like to relocate in TN and now I'm open to anywhere in TN. If someone can point me in the right direction on where I can start researching that'd be awesome. Thanks alot.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:37 PM
Location: Tennessee
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Farms in Tennessee tend to be small, so most of the transportation is done by the farmers themselves. Construction might be a possibility, especially for moving earth and rock. Tennessee is currently spending much of its share of the stimulus money on new road construction, so there could be a demand there.

There are some trucking firms headquarter here, such as Averitt in Cookeville. Because of its geographic location, Nashville is a major distribution center, so that could also be a possibility, as would UPS or FedEx. That's probably where I would start if I was looking for a trucking job and didn't want to be an over-the-road driver (which, I take it, you don't).

I'm not involved in the trucking business, so that's about all I can tell you. Tennessee, like most of the rest of the nation, currently has a high unemployment rate. If I were looking for a job and didn't have an area in mind, I think I would first find out which areas are still doing relatively well. (there is probably little use in looking for a job in an area with over 10% unemployment). For example, they are building the new Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga; the contractors there might need truck drivers. There is also a major plant for solar products being built in Clarksville.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:55 PM
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And also in Cleveland with Wacker Chemi. Alsom is also expanding in Chattanooga and several other midsize manufacturers.
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:31 PM
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Most trucking opportunities involving moving grain for farmers or for grain companies will be concentrated in West Tennessee. It is the only area in the state where there is widespread row cropping of a decent size. Also, Jackson and Memphis will have several trucking firms for mainstream trucking. Memphis more than Jackson. Good luck with your move!
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