Second tuition-free CDL program launches at Florida college

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Trucking news and briefs for Monday, Aug. 29, 2022:

FleetForce Truck Driving School opens in Venice, Florida

FleetForce Truck Driving School opened its newest training facility in Venice, Florida. Students enrolling in the CDL school can attend tuition-free through a pre-hire program — a collaboration between FleetForce, Florida Trucking Association and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Trucking companies that are FTA members pay the tuition costs up front, with an agreement to hire the student once they complete the course and receive their CDL.

The Venice location is on the campus of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and is the second program launched in collaboration with the college. This is the company’s fourth location in Florida, with multiple new sites scheduled to open around the state over the next year.

Since the program launched in November, Dr. Todd Fritch, executive vice president and provost of State College of Florida, said more than 200 individuals have earned their commercial licenses through FleetForce at our Bradenton campus. The expansion to our Venice campus will double the capacity rate while also providing a training opportunity closer to home for south county residents.”

The tuition-free program is available at all FleetForce locations and has been successful in recruiting more students into the trucking industry, with more than 5,000 aspiring drivers having applied since the program launched last year.  

Omni Logistics opens new warehouse, cross-dock facility in Dallas

Global multimodal logistics provider Omni Logistics recently opened a new 366,711 sq. ft. Dallas Campus.

The opening of the new facility follows the recent opening of Omni Logistics’ new, renewables-powered corporate headquarters in Dallas, new offices in Phoenix, and extensive new warehouse and cross-dock facilities in San Francisco and Philadelphia. 

 "Omni Logistics’ new Dallas Campus is a direct response to our customer’s needs for new warehouse space and cross-dock facilities to support their growing businesses,” said JJ Schickel, CEO of Omni Logistics. “We want to ensure that our customers have access to the facilities and specialized services they need. This new facility will empower our customers to be prepared for peak season and any supply chain disruptions that may arise.”

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The Dallas Campus, located 8 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and 17 miles from Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), has easy access to State Highways 183 and 121, making the pickup and drop-off process as seamless as possible for carriers. The campus is also 20 miles away from the Dallas Central Business District and 15 miles from the Fort Worth Central Business District, making this facility centrally located for shippers across multiple industries.

The gated campus is CTPAT certified, protected by guards, and has a state-of-the-art security system which is ideal for shippers with high-security needs. Featuring a total of 83 dock doors, the new facility offers shippers and carriers an efficient and accessible option for warehousing and cross-docking.

Capabilities of the new Class A campus include:

  • Building A is dedicated to Omni Logistics’ cross-dock operations, featuring 34 dock doors to help accelerate the order fulfillment process.
  • Building B is dedicated to warehouse operations, featuring 35 dock doors to facilitate easy pickup and delivery.
  • Building C is dedicated to supporting eCommerce and retail fulfillment. This facility, which includes 14 dock doors, will enable Omni Logistics to quickly pick, pack and ship products on behalf of its customers.