CRST Expanding Cedar Rapids Driver Training Center

By Dave Dewitte, Reporter

Construction work on an 8,000-square-foot expansion of CRST International's driver training center in Cedar Rapids is shown in an undated photo provided by the company. (Photo courtesy of CRST International)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – CRST International has begun work on a $1 million expansion of its driver training center in southwest Cedar Rapids.

The expansion wijll allow the facility to acommodate an additional 75 drivers per night, for a total of 170 drivers, the company said Thursday, August 19.

CRST’s recent growth has spurred the need for more drivers.

“We’ve seen a considerable increase in business since the fourth quarter of 2009 as a result of tightening truck capacity,” CEO Dave Rusch said. “We believe as the economy continues to improve in the second half of the year, our customers will be looking at us to step up with additional truck capacity.”

Rusch said the needs for more truck capacity will require the company to add drivers.

CRST opened the 30,000-square-foot training and lodging facility in November 2008 for new drivers and driver trainees because of its commitment to leading the industry in advanced driver training.

CRST is the nation’s sixth-largest truckload carrier.

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