We have operating authority for 48 states, although our primary areas of operation are to the Midwest, South and Southeast. We also run the Northeast, but this is not a requirement for all drivers
How many trucks do you have?
We currently run 35 tractors and 42 53′ refrigerated Air Ride trailers.
How often are your drivers home?
Our drivers leave Omaha and are gone an average of 5-7 days (2500 miles minimum) and back to Omaha for at least 34 to 48 hours (their choice) between trips. This is great for family time. This home time applies to drivers that live within a 150 mile radius of the Omaha, NE vicinity. For drivers that live outside 150 miles of Omaha, (we hire from areas that we deliver to on a regular basis) and guarantee them to be home every 3 weeks, with 4 to 5 days off at home adding 1.5 days for every additional week if the driver desires to stay out longer than 3 weeks.
How long have you been in business?
Universe was started in 1971 by Irving “Bub” Johnson who passed away in 2010. The company is now run by his son Robert with the help of his wife and children.
I hear a lot about driver turnover. I want to deal with a company that is stable. How is your turnover compared to others?
Our drivers are not only known by their first names, but we care about them and their families. We have a lower turnover rate than most of our competitors. Our drivers have been here, on average, over 6 years. We have several drivers with over 15, 20 and a few over 30 years with the company. When we treat our drivers well, they in turn treat the customers well. Everyone wins.