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November 15, 2019 4:45 PM, EST

Schneider Donates 10 Tractors to CDL Schools

SchneiderA Schneider truck on the road. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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Schneider is donating 10 gently used, late-model trucks to select CDL driver training programs at community or technical colleges throughout the U.S., the company said in a news release Nov. 15.

Schneider, a trucking, logistics and intermodal company based in Green Bay, Wis., is providing Freightliner Cascadia units that the company says include some of the trucking industry’s most advanced technologies and automated manual transmissions.

Driver training time is significantly more efficient when using an automated manual transmission because it allows trainers to focus on maneuverability and awareness, rather than gear changing, Schneider officials said.

The carrier said women and younger adults are an emerging driver pool, and the company believes technologies such as automated manual transmissions, safety and connectivity will attract a more diverse audience to the trucking industry.

Schneider partially recruits graduates from CDL driver training programs, said Rob Reich, Schneider chief administrative officer.

“We know that many driving training programs have limited resources, and we want the next generation of professional drivers to train in the best trucks in the business as they embark on new careers,” Reich said in a statement.

Schneider has donated the 10 trucks to four CDL training programs: Central Tech in Drumright, Okla.; Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis.; Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa; and Houston Community College in Houston.

With the donations, Schneider also expects to attract more candidates among individuals who may not have considered a professional truck driving career, company officials said.

Schneider ranks No. 7 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America and No. 16 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies in North America. — Transport Topics

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