U.S. Xpress of Chattanooga, Tenn., recently donated a truck that has served in its fleet to Chattanooga State’s Commercial Truck Driving program, assisting with the expansion of the college’s program and making some of the industry’s most technologically-advanced equipment available for training purposes.
Dr. Jim Catanzaro, president of Chattanooga State, accepted the keys to the truck as Max Fuller, co-chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Xpress, accepted a $1 donation. “Chattanooga State has an excellent program, it’s economical and it attracts a broad range of people to the trucking industry.” says Russ Moore, U.S. Xpress vice president of safety.
The donated truck, an over-the-road sleeper, features the majority of the onboard technology that U.S. Xpress employs in its fleet, including auto-shift transmission and an onboard camera system that enables drivers to see down the right side, see their right turns and help alleviate blind spots.
“The Chattanooga State program opens the door on a new career in the trucking industry, and U.S. Xpress is a company based right here in Chattanooga with a variety of driving jobs,” says Eugene Kilgore, U.S. Xpress manager of driver training. “This is a great fit that can work for both Chattanooga State and U.S. Xpress.”