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Take Advantage of E.C. Barton & Company’s CDL Program

Christie Miller | April 18, 2018

E.C. Barton & Company’s CDL Program

Take Advantage of E.C. Barton & Company’s CDL Program

At E.C. Barton & Company, we see our partners as valued members of the team. The company offers numerous options for partners to grow within the company and we strive to make the workplace not only a job, but a family. Our Barton’s division is launching the latest way for our partners to continually grow within our ranks through a CDL incentive program. Drivers are an integral part of bringing the best service to our customers by providing transportation of product from our stores to their homes. Barton’s is now offering an opportunity for all partners in Inside Sales and Warehouse positions to attain their CDL license with the assistance of the E.C. Barton & Company.

What is a CDL License?

A Class A commercial driver’s license is required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 lbs. or more, to include a towed vehicle that is heavier than 10,000 lbs. This includes tractor-trailers, truck and trailer combinations, tractor-trailer buses, tanker vehicles, livestock carriers, and flatbeds.

Why is This a Need for E.C. Barton & Company?

Our Barton’s locations are full service lumber yards that are located in Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. One of the services that we offer to contractors and customers is delivery of items. Drivers are a constant need for the division, especially during times of high volume, when numerous deliveries are needed at once. Having CDL drivers on staff, whether full time or part time, is essential to E.C. Barton & Company’s daily success. We believe that offering this opportunity to our partners will benefit both them and the company.

"Drivers are a constant need for the division, especially during times of high volume, when numerous deliveries are needed at once. Having CDL drivers on staff, whether full time or part time, is essential to E.C. Barton & Company’s daily success."

How Do I Attain a Class A CDL?

Specific requirements vary state to state, but applicants must meet a minimum age, and in some states, meet minimum physical requirements. Much like getting a regular driver’s license, a permit is required to move forward with the steps of obtaining a CDL. You can get a Class A CDL permit by passing a series of written exams. In most states, the written tests to get a Class A CDL permit include: General Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combination vehicles. A Commercial Driver’s License handbook or manual can be found at the testing site in each state or online.

A CDL driving test must be passed which includes a 3-part exam which has the following:

  • Pre-Trip Inspection Test
  • Basic Controls Skills Test
  • Driving Test

How E.C. Barton & Company Assists

If a partner is interested in attaining their CDL with E.C. Barton & Company, the employee should reach out to their District Manager. E.C. Barton & Company will cover any fees associated with attaining the license and allow practice time for the driving portion of the test. If the partner is able to pass the test as well as meet the age and physical requirements, they will receive a $500 bonus!

How Does This Benefit the Partner?

The benefits of accepting this opportunity can be endless but may include:

  • Additional Income
  • A gained trade/certification
  • Increased opportunity for advancement

E.C. Barton & Company operates retail storefronts under the brands of Barton’s Lumber, Grossman’s Bargain Outlet and Barton’s Surplus Warehouse. Headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the company currently operates in 17 states. E.C. Barton & Company is 100% employee-owned and was founded in 1885. To find out how you can join our team, click here for employment opportunities.