April 22 marks the date of the grand opening celebration of CRST International’s new driver training and truck repair facility. The nearly 19-acre site is located in the Agua Industrial Park in Riverside, California.
Replacing a much smaller operation in Fontana, Calif., and almost a year in the making, the $13 million campus is home to a state-of-the-art training and maintenance facility that employs 60 people. CRST International is one of the largest privately-held transportation companies in the United States.
Drivers in training will find themselves in a relative lap of luxury in CRST International’s new 30,000-sq.-ft. training center that includes not only classrooms but also a cafeteria offering affordable meals and inexpensive vending, entertainment, a spacious outdoor patio, a medical exam room, and dormitory-style living.
The repair facility is greatly reducing downtime, boasting 16 advanced truck and trailer bays. Ninety to 100 trucks can undergo repairs, which is double the capacity of the former facility. Special lanes dedicated only to inspections speed up state and federal requirements.
Drivers can take a front row seat in a comfortable lounge to view the repairs being done to their vehicles on large monitors and receive updates on projected repair completion times. A large, secure parking lot with capacity for up to 175 trailers and a new truck wash complete the experience.
In a recent press release, Cameron Holzer, president of CRST Expedited, says of the new facility, “It’s truly been designed and built to make everything easier for our drivers, who are our top priority. We’ve put everything in one place to increase efficiency and get them back on the road quickly.”
In addition to the new Riverside facility, CRST has a similar training and maintenance complex near its headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where two hundred drivers are trained each week. Oklahoma City, Okla., Carlisle, Penn., Morton, Ill., and Rockport, Ind., are home to the company’s other maintenance operations.
Adds Holzer, “We anticipate the new Riverside facility will assist CRST with driver recruiting and that the training facility will maintain about a 98 percent occupancy rate. In addition, the expanded capacity for maintenance and training will enhance the outstanding service offering to our valued customers.”
CRST International offers diverse trucking services, including expedited van, flatbed, dedicated services, brokerage, transportation management, moving services, and expedited temperature controlled team services. It currently employs more than 5,100 drivers and office personnel along with an additional 2,700 independent contractors. The company operates more than 4,450 tractors and 7,300 trailers.
Visit CRST’s company profile for information about their current trucking jobs.