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INDIANAPOLIS – Robert Lewis is driving toward his dreams.

“I know I’m just getting into it, but a career is all about what you make it,” said Lewis, who’s about to graduate from the Celadon driver training school in Indianapolis.

“I want it,” he said. “I’m ready. I’m ready to go and be on the road. A new chapter in my life.”

Now, more dreams are going to come true for people like him.

Gov. Mike Pence, Mayor Greg Ballard and Celadon officials just broke ground on a new driver training school. The company is investing $5.7 million in this new training facility, which is expected to create up to 500 new jobs by 2022.

“We see one of the most prominent companies in transportation in America saying when they’re making an investment decision, where to grow, where to expand and they’re going to expand here in the Hoosier State and that tells us we’re on the right track,” said Pence.

In this day and age skilled truck drivers are hard to find, so this is a huge announcement for Indiana. Pence and Ballard said logistics will be the key for Indiana to survive in this economy.

“We can get to like 75 percent of the population in America within a one day’s drive,” said Ballard. “So it makes a lot of sense and we’ve built on it too with the highways and this distribution systems, the infrastructure that’s around Indianapolis.”

As for Lewis, he’s done with his training class and expects to graduate tomorrow. He plans to keep truckin’ toward his dreams.

“I want a four-bedroom house with a great room, a Cadillac and a four-by-four in the driveway,” he said.

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