Celadon Trucking Services to bring 500 jobs to Indy with driver training school

Company plans to build driving school in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS - Celadon Trucking Services is planning to build a driver training school in Indianapolis which could create up to 500 new jobs by 2022, officials announced Tuesday.

Celadon, which provides long-haul trucking services North America, will invest $5.7 million to build a 61,000 square-foot training facility at 9050 E. 33rd St. near its Indianapolis headquarters. In addition to the Quality Drivers school, the building will house dorm rooms, a cafeteria, workout room, basketball/racquet court, Wi-Fi and driver training road course. The building is expected to be completed by the fall.

Mayor Greg Ballard said the city will definitely benefit from Celadon's investment.

"Celadon's commitment to Indianapolis is crystal clear with the investment it is making in our community by providing new quality jobs for our workforce with a focus on retention while also offering the training necessary to succeed," Ballard said. "With its plans to build a new facility here to accommodate its driver school, Celadon is among a growing number of companies choosing to expand in Indianapolis."

Paul Will, president and chief executive officer of Celedon, echoed Ballard's outlook on the project.

"We're extremely happy and proud to continue our commitment to the local and state economies," Will said.

The first class of driver training school candidates began last October. Based on the individual driver, the program offers a three to five-week training curriculum, both in the classroom on the road. Celadon plans to bring in overlapping classes of driver trainees every two weeks.

Interested candidates can apply at www.driveQD.com .

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