Celadon Group and its subsidiary Celadon Trucking Services have graduated their first class of driver training school candidates and now plan to build a $5.7 million, 61,000 square foot training facility near the company’s Indianapolis headquarters.
The Quality Drivers school expects to train about 400 to 500 new drivers in the first year of the program, which offers a three to five-week training curriculum both in the classroom and on the road. Celadon plans to bring in overlapping classes of driver trainees every two weeks.
Plans for the new facility include dorm rooms, a cafeteria, workout room, basketball and racquetball court, Wi-Fi and a driver training road course. The company has sent a tentative construction completion date for the third quarter of 2013.
“Driver recruitment and driver retention is a long-term challenge within the industry,” said Paul Will, vice chairman, president and CEO of Celadon, in a written statement. “We realize that establishing the Quality Drivers school and the Celadon training program are the next logical steps in ensuring that we have sufficient numbers of qualified drivers to fill our seats and meet our growth expectations.”