Celadon plans expansion to add jobs, driver training center

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INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis-based trucking company plans to invest more than $5 million to build a training center and add 182 workers by 2016.

Celadon Group Inc. is asking the city of Indianapolis for tax abatements totaling more than $210,000.

Celadon would build the 60,000-square-foot driver training center at a site in Warren Township near its corporate campus there. The jobs would add to the more than 630 people the company employs locally.

This marks the latest expansion for the trucking company. In 2011, Celadon announced plans to add an office building worth $3.4 million. For that project, the city approved tax abatements worth more than $260,000.

The new positions will average $18 an hour, the company said. Celadon started a new driver training program at the end of 2012 that includes four weeks of classroom training and six weeks of hands-on experience.

The program is an attempt to attract potential drivers who may be looking to make a career transition. The new training center could open by the end of summer 2013, according to our newsgathering partners at the Indianapolis Business Journal.

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