Truck drivers in high demand; DDA opens new location

POSTED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 6:04pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 6:19pm

In this uncertain economy there's been an increase in the number of people who want to become truck drivers. And most commercial drivers are getting up in age, which means there's a big demand for new drivers.

There's such a demand that commercial carriers are paying for drivers to go to school and guaranteeing them jobs once they graduate.

"It's great in this economy to have the job that I do,” Michael Palmer, truck driver, said. “I'm a lease operator taking the first steps to buying my own truck and without this school I would not be able to be where I am today."

Truckers gathered today, Friday, March 23, at Diesel Driving Academy where some of the nation's largest trucking companies were meeting, hoping to pre-hire over a hundred new drivers.

Today Diesel Driving Academy hosted a grand opening at their new facility in Baton Rouge.

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